Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has criticised referee Simon Hooper on social media over a controversial determination late in Sunday’s dramatic 3-3 draw with Tottenham.
The Norway ahead was incensed with Hooper after being denied the chance to play a bonus within the closing moments of an exhilarating Premier League match at Etihad Stadium.
Haaland was one in all a number of City gamers to remonstrate with the official and he continued his protests after the sport by reposting a clip of the incident on X, previously Twitter, with the remark “Wtf”, which is offensive slang.
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The incident that angered City occurred when Haaland was fouled within the fifth minute of stoppage time, managing to regain his footing to swivel and ship Jack Grealish clear.
Hooper initially appeared to acknowledge the infringement and wave play on, however then blew his whistle to tug play again for a City free-kick.
The determination introduced protests from the City gamers and criticism from pundits.
“I think it is an absolute shocker. I really do,” stated Jermaine Jenas on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2.
“I’m not sure what Simon Hooper is thinking. It’s a mistake but it is a monster of a mistake in my opinion.”
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His fellow former England midfielder Leon Osman stated: “It’s an enormous mistake – there is no such thing as a getting away from that with the expertise we’ve got however I’ve a slight little bit of sympathy. He held his arms up right away.
“But this one mistake is all that people will want to talk about.”
Man City v Tottenham
Erling Haaland couldn’t cover his dismay at referee Simon Hooper’s determination to tug the sport again
“The problem I have is that we’ve had so many situations where play is allowed to go on,” stated former City defender Micah Richards on Sky Sports.
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“If you’re in doubt, just leave the play to go on and you can always bring it back. That’s why City will feel aggrieved.”
While fellow pundit Jamie Carragher stated the referee “just panicked”, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane added: “It’s a poor call.”
‘I will not do a Mikel Arteta comment’
Having reacted angrily on the time of the choice, City gamers and employees once more surrounded the referee at full-time to argue their case, with Haaland significantly animated.
Manager Pep Guardiola had managed to regain his composure by the point he spoke to the media.
When requested in regards to the incident by Sky Sports, he stated: “Next question. I will not do a Mikel Arteta comment.”
Having already determined he didn’t wish to observe within the footsteps of the Arsenal boss in scary a Football Association cost, he was somewhat extra candid in his Match of the Day interview.
“Sometimes I lose my mind about the referees, but here no. Always people can make mistakes,” he stated.
“It surprised me for the fact that he went to whistle when Erling went down, but after he stood back up and made the pass, the referee made the gesture to play on. But then when the ball goes to Jack, then [came] the whistle.”
When later requested particularly about Haaland’s response after the ultimate whistle, Guardiola stated “it’s normal” and “his reaction was the same for the other 10 players”.
“He’s a little bit disappointed,” he added. “Even the referee – if he performed for Manchester City at this time, he could be upset for that motion, that’s for certain.
“But I would say we didn’t draw for that.”
Tottenham supervisor Ange Postecoglou was unperturbed, saying “it doesn’t affect me at all”.
The Australian added: “I don’t think that is the story of the game today, there are better storylines from that fantastic game of football than one refereeing decision.”