Manuel Akanji Explains How Referee Anthony Taylor Favoured Arsenal

Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji said many Arsenal players should have received yellow cards in the early stage of their match at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday but Referee Anthony Taylor failed to act on the needless tackles by the Gunners.

Manuel Akanji hits at Anthony Taylor

The Cityzens were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Mikel Arteta’s boy at their home ground. While the two teams secured a point, Pep Guardiola’s side remain in third position, 3 points behind league leaders Liverpool and Arsenal in the second position with just a point above the Cityzens.

With just nine matches left to play, the outcome of the match might have given Liverpool the opportunity to win the second League title in 30 years and prevent Man City from creating history by becoming the first team to win the Premier League title in four consecutive seasons.

Speaking after the match, Manuel Akanji claimed that Kai Havertz and Jorginho should have gotten a yellow card for their tackles, particularly the Havertz foul on Stefan Ortega, stating that he didn’t understand while Anthony Taylor refused to book them.

He said: “I don’t understand. One [foul] in the first half [from Kai Havertz] was a very late tackle on Stefan [Ortega]. For me it is clearly a yellow card. There are some rules, and I think there are clear yellow cards where it should be.

“I remember the action with Jorginho when he’d already done a tackle foul, and did the second one, and he didn’t even give a yellow card for one foul.

“I didn’t understand some decisions. They played a lot of long balls and defended with six players in the back, so it was difficult to get through. When we got through, sometimes they stopped us with the fouls – and if there’s no actions to it, it’s hard.”

Manuel Akanji and his teammates will hope to return to winning way on Wednesday when they welcome Aston Villa to Etihad Stadium in another Premier League match.

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