Manchester derby dissected: Smalling should have stayed on, Hart should have been sent off

first_imgFormer Premier League official Mark Halsey joined talkSPORT on Monday to give his thoughts on some of the weekend’s most controversial refereeing decisions.Most of the major talking points came from Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, as referee Michael Oliver sent off United’s Chris Smalling and denied City three penalties.According to Halsey, Oliver failed to show consistency by giving Smalling a second yellow card shortly after deciding against booking three City defenders for what he perceived to be far more dangerous challenges.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Smalling was silly, but I’m an advocate of managing the players, managing the situation, and that was an incident he could have managed.“Just before the Smalling incident there were challenges by [Sergio] Aguero, [Gael] Clichy and [Pablo] Zabaleta that were all far worse than Smalling’s. They were reckless challenges.“Michael Oliver was doing well up until the Smalling point. He should have given him a good old fashioned rollicking so everyone knows he has been warned and then next time he gets a yellow card.”Halsey also claims Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart could have had no complaints had he been red carded by Oliver after running aggressivley towards the official and putting his head in his face.“Michael should have been a lot stronger and a lot tougher there. No one would have argued if Joe Hart would have received a red card,” he said.Despite the Hart let-off, Halsey claims City also had the right to feel aggrieved for not being awarded at least two spot-kicks, adding: “As a referee at that level, you have got to see and give those.”last_img

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