Tuesday 21 November 2017

Awful decision or deserved red? Sadio Mane's controversial sending off sparks massive reaction

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Liverpool were beaten 5-0 by Man City at the Ethiad today, with the game turning on a key moment late in the first half that saw Sadio Mane sent off.

The star Liverpool attacker saw red towards the end of the opening 45 minutes after a collision with Man City goalkeeper Ederson.

Mane - who had scored in each of Liverpool's first three Premier League matches - caught the shot-stopper with a high foot when chasing a long ball, and was shown a red card by referee Jonathan Moss.

Gary Neville, speaking on Sky commentary, disagreed with the decision, stating that Mane's eyes were firmly fixed on the ball, while Gary Lineker tweeted that it was a 'rubbish decision'.

However, many others voiced the opinion that Mane's contact - while accidental - was also reckless and deserved a red card, with Jamie Carragher expressing that view on Sky at half time.

It proved a highly polarising moment during today's first Premier League encounter.

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