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Referee's View: Kompany should have seen red

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Vincent Kompany flies in for a challenge

Vincent Kompany flies in for a challenge

Vincent Kompany flies in for a challenge

Vincent Kompany deserved to be shown a red card rather than a yellow for his first-half challenge on Mohamed Salah. No doubt about that.

The Manchester City captain used excessive force off the ground as he went in to challenge the Liverpool forward and was out of control by the time he made contact.

Referee Anthony Taylor could not be faulted generally for his fitness and movement, but on this crucial decision I wonder if he was too close, if anything, to the challenge to be able to have the best view.

This was yet another clear example of where the video assistant referee would have proved invaluable.

It was inevitable that this match was going to be played at an incredible intensity and Kompany's was one of several spicy challenges.

It appeared that Taylor was caught up in the occasion in the opening 15 minutes and did not adopt what I would call a "safe refereeing style" - keeping it tight and giving free-kicks. He applied some risky advantages. Taylor also should have sent Pep Guardiola to the stands late on for his rant on the touchline. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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