Kompany expects 'wave' of red cards
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has predicted an "unprecedented wave" of red cards in the wake of his dismissal against Manchester United on Sunday.
Kompany began a four-match ban by missing City's Carling Cup semi-final first-leg defeat to Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium after an FA disciplinary panel rejected his appeal. Manager Roberto Mancini had already claimed he had never seen anyone get sent off in similar circumstances in 30 years in the game.
"I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on," Kompany said on his Facebook page.
"I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction "ifs" and "maybes"?
"Are we going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a good tackle and then sanction it? Players and managers are starting to expect more sending offs from referees and I think it's for the wrong reasons."
Opinion was divided over Kompany's second red card of the season. Some suggested there was nothing wrong with the Belgian's challenge on Nani and used the fact the United winger did not react to prove their point.
Sir Alex Ferguson was amongst those who took an alternate stance, believing Kompany's tackle was two-footed and dangerous and deserved the red card brandished by referee Chris Foy. However, most felt the decision emphasised the sea-change the English game has undergone.
"My understanding is that English football prides itself on the hardness, the fairness and the tradition of its game," said Kompany. "That is why hundreds of millions of people tune in to watch Premier League football and English referees have always been a key factor to that success.
"So I don't agree with people saying that referees in this country aren't doing well as I think they are the best in the world. Hopefully common sense will prevail again in the future and I for one hope not to see consistency in sending offs and suspensions when the intent of a player is to win the ball.
"I'd like to add to this that I waited for the suspension to be confirmed before making any comments on the matter as I didn't want to give the impression that I was using the media as a tool to benefit my own personal agenda in this case. I'm not speaking on behalf of the club or anybody else, this isn't me defending myself, this is just me raising a genuine concern."