Manchester City (Man City, England), whose players protested a ‘controversial decision’ made just before the end of the Tottenham game earlier this month, was fined approximately 200 million won.
Sports media The Athletic reported on the 19th, “Man City players were fined 120,000 pounds (approximately 198 million won)
For their violent behavior surrounding referee Simon Hooper during the English Premier League (EPL) match against Tottenham.” Korean time reported. 토토사이트
The English Football Association (FA), which has jurisdiction over soccer administration in England, placed Manchester City on the list of disciplinary action targets on the 5th, saying that it had failed its duty to control its players from engaging in inappropriate behavior, but the disciplinary action ended with this sanction.
The game in question is the 2023-2024 EPL round 14 home game against Tottenham held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England on the 4th.
Tottenham, with Son Heung-min scoring 1 goal and 1 assist,
drew 3-3 with the ‘strongest’ Manchester City in an enemy field.
However, a controversial decision was made just before the end of the game.
In the second half of extra time with the score tied at 3-3.
Erling Holland caught the ball in the center circle, but lost his balance for a moment due to a tackle by Tottenham’s Emerson Royal.
At this time, referee Hooper gave a hand signal to proceed with the game without declaring a foul,
and Holland immediately delivered a penetrating pass towards Jack Grealish in front.
Simon Hooper Referee. When Grealish tried to catch the ball by digging into the space behind the Tottenham defense,
referee Hooper suddenly stopped the game and later settled the situation with a free kick following a foul by Emerson Royal.
If Grealish had advanced all the way to the goal, he could have been in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper,
leading to a goal that confirmed Manchester City’s dramatic victory.
There was no room for offside to be declared.
As the follow-up action was taken after accurately confirming the signal to continue the game.
Manchester City players, including Holland, protested violently against the referee’s progress,
and in the end, Holland received a yellow card.
Local experts, including BBC commentators Jermaine Jenas and Jeremy Carragher,
also pointed out that this was a wrong decision, and there was a backlash,
with Holland criticizing referee Hooper on social media after the game.