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Man City fans baffled as to how Ben Godfrey escaped red card after kicking Ederson in face

Man City fans were left baffled as to how Ben Godfrey escaped a red card after kicking Ederson in the face during Saturday’s meeting.

Following a bright opening for Everton on the counter-attack, the latest lead to a clash between Ben Godfrey and Ederson – who required medical attention with the scoreline at 0-0.

Viewers tuning into the game thought the kick out deemed some sort of action with it worthy of a sending off for violent conduct.

Daily Mail reporter Jack Gaughan tweeted: “PL saying earlier that VAR checked and cleared Godfrey/Ederson incident.”

Erling Haaland went on to net twice to give Man City a 2-0 win over Everton, with Pep Guardiola’s side briefly moving above Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table; 18th-placed Everton are now winless in seven games.

Player ratings (as per Sky Sports)

Man City: Ederson (7), Stones (7), Akanji (6), Dias (7), Ake (7), Rodri (7), Nunes (6), Foden (7), Alvarez (6), Doku (7), Haaland (9).

Subs used: De Bruyne (7), Walker (7), Bernardo Silva (7), Grealish (6).

Everton: Pickford (6), Godfrey (7), Tarkowski (7), Branthwaite (6), Mykolenko (6), Young (6), Garner (7), Gueye (7), McNeil (6), Harrison (6), Calvert-Lewin (6).

Subs used: Coleman (6), Beto (5), Onana (6), Dobbin (6), Chermiti (6).

Player of the match: Erling Haaland

“Disappointed,” Tarkowski told TNT Sports when asked for his immediate reaction. “I thought we played really well and kept them to very little. I’ve just been told that their first goal was the first shot on target they had so it shows how well we were playing at the time.

“I think the corner they actually get is quite dubious. I still believe it’s probably a goal-kick but once again something else goes against this club so that disappoints and frustrates us.

“And then it’s about trying to stay in the game and I thought we really got into the game in the 80th minute or so, started keeping the ball well and getting into good positions and gave it away sloppily and against players like Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland you’re going to get punished.”

“I think when you come here more than anywhere else the minor details really do count,” he added. “Get one wrong and you’re probably going to concede and that’s what happened today.

“We lost Haaland in the box and he finishes and for the second goal, if you give him that space behind he’s going to punish you.

“They dominate the ball so well, they press really well, they are the toughest team to play against by far but we were in the game.

“It’s all about frustrating them and staying in the game and seeing if you can get something and for us we’re good at set-pieces so we wanted to try and take advantage of that but we didn’t even have a corner I don’t think.”

Everton boss Sean Dyche speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “I think the first goal came out of their first shot on target, they only had three shots on target so that shows our defensive side of the game. I thought we were organised, I thought the discipline was good. The truth of it is when you turn the ball over, can you keep it, can you ask enough questions? We didn’t.

“It is a tough place to come and they are in really good form, they can make a lot of changes from the bench, we are well aware of that. A lot of good signs from our performance but we know those turnover moments are so important.

“The understanding from the side tactically was pleasing. I spoke to them about the turnover moments. You have to keep the ball and go forward with conviction. We didn’t do that. The number of times we could have got in behind their high line and we didn’t really activate on it so that was something we were frustrated with.

“Top sides, and they are a top side – they did what they do. They can find different ways of operating. They put you to the sword.”

On watching the game away from the touchline: “It’s interesting in a bad way. I shouldn’t have been up there in the first place. Hopefully not [up there] going forward.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaking to TNT Sports: “I told them, they didn’t believe me. They felt it. We were there and we didn’t concede a shot on target and of course they are incredibly well organised. At the end the changes in the second half gave us another rhythm and of course Erling [Haaland] is back. To have this player, when the ball is there from a corner… and the finishing was amazing.

“In the first half our body language was not good, we were always complaining. In the second half they were more positive If you want to give the best of yourself the body language has to be in the right position and finally we took a massively important three points.

Manchester City defender John Stones speaking to TNT Sports: “We have had tough games against Everton home and away so to get the win in the fashion we did with the clean sheet is really pleasing especially after the first half which was so difficult for us to find spaces and create chances.

“We are used to playing against a low block and we have been in this position so many times and patience is a massive thing for us, to not get frustrated and trust in our game plan. We changed a few things at half time which helped massively and opened up the game.

“Kyle Walker and the guys that came on as well had a big impact as well. Our mentality has never changed. We go into games wanting a clean sheet and sometimes it is our own fault and in football you also can’t stop certain things.

“Now I’m back I’m happy and we can go on a nice little run. In previous seasons this period we have coped well in all competitions that we are in. Each game is a final for us and hopefully we are one step closer to our goal.”

As mentioned, fans, including that of Man City, were baffled as to how Ben Godfrey escaped a red card after kicking Ederson in the face…

@Jonathanctid: So essentially the PGMOL are perfectly fine with players booting keepers in the face…rightyo then.

@jonashley87: Did VAR think it was officiating Tekken 2?

@HirstTweet: Ben Godfrey has 100% had a cheap kick at Ederson while on the floor there. Horrible player

@WilmotsWay: Can’t be just me that thinks Ben Godfrey should have been sent off for kicking Ederson in the face there while lying on the floor? Why has VAR not looked at that?

@davthefifteenth: @FA_PGMOL why wasn’t Ben Godfrey sent off for kicking Ederson in the face?

@mcfc9320group: I’ve just watched @BBCMOTD and the first thing I noticed it’s much better without @GaryLineker and Mark Chapman is a much better presenter. Second how come the Godfrey assault on Ederson wasn’t mentioned ? Because the shocking commentary said that Godfrey was entitled to go for the ball? .. shocking at the highest level. #mcfc

@cnjw67: I honestly think that Godfrey was entitled to go for ball and I’d of expected any of our players at other end to of gone for it also, however the second kick was appalling and was definitely a red card.

@thatdamnpotato: People saying it’s not a red, don’t think they are understanding or watching the whole clip, the challenge he made was fair, he has to go for it but the kick out after is what the red js

@Easty008: How’s it not a sending off? Kicks him in the face after ball has gone

@BillPunumana: How any one can say it’s not a red is unbelievable 😭

@MJones1875: What is the actual point in VAR

@Doug_mcfc: If VAR saw this footage and didn’t give a red card the person or persons involved should be sacked. And when it’s not show on MOTD whoever makes that decision should also be sacked.

@davidmcfc500: Checked and cleared they couldn’t of saw what everyone else saw

@25FernaFan: Then VAR needs to be binned off!!! What more do they want to see, Mane-type scarring on a concussed Ederson?? That decision is a DISGRACE !! @JackGaughan22 !! You gonna call it or cowardly toe the PL Party Line ???!

@WC2512: Michael Oliver – he’ll never give us anything

@Mad48285088: Wonder if they watched the whole thing fair challenge the first one but how can they clear the second its a kick in the head

@25FernaFan: @BBCMOTD showed incident on highlights “Godfrey had every right to go for that “ (???!) and (surprise surprise!!) the cowards in the studio did not review or even reference the challenge!!!? (The slow mo on the match coverage clearly showed the deliberate kick in the head!!!)

@Joshua_MCFC23: Send them all to @Specsavers #ManCity #MCIEVE

@AJ_CTID: So it’s okay to deliberately kick a player’s face?

@keegansharpless: Sums it up really

@richyrich1971: Apparently VAR checked Godfrey’s shit house kick out at Ederson’s head … and it’s perfectly ok to do it ..what an absolute disgrace 🙄

@MarkIHarrison: Ben Godfrey intentionally kicked Ederson in the face, and wasn’t punished. But according to Tarkowski the bad decision was a 50/50 goal kick/corner decision that went City’s way. Pathetic.

@skybluewheelie: Was this replay showed during the game? It’s definitely the first time I’ve seen it and that 👆 was never mentioned once on the comms.

@TheVillaPolls: That’s poor

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