VINCENT Kompany has taken to Facebook to voice fears that English football faces an ‘unprecedented wave of red cards’ following Manchester City’s failure to overturn the defender’s four-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester United.
The Manchester City captain will miss both legs of the club’s Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool and Premier League fixtures against Wigan and Tottenham after being sent off by referee Chris Foy for an apparent two-footed challenge on United winger Nani during Sunday’s FA Cup third round defeat.
City manager Roberto Mancini has been highly critical of the FA’s decision not to rescind Kompany’s red card, but the Belgium international has now posted a measured observation of the situation on his social media site.
Kompany said: “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.
“I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction "if's" and "maybe's"?
“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.“
Kompany, a £6m signing from Hamburg in Aug 2008, believes the referees’ clampdown could now affect the reputation of English footbal..
He added: “My understanding is that English football prides itself on the hardness, the fairness and the tradition of its game.
“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 in my opinion.
“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.
If football fans decide I'm wrong in raising these concerns then I will have no problem in accepting the fact that times are changing again for our game.”