Manchester City have launched an official complaint – according to the Daily Mail – to referees chief Mike Riley regarding the performance of Michael Oliver during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Citizens.

The European champions put the Premier League holders to the sword at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool opened up a nine-point gap over their title rivals. The quality of the match was sadly overlooked following the intervention of VAR with the referees taking centre stage once again.

This should have been the perfect advert for the Premier League, with two of Europe’s best teams going toe-to-toe like heavyweight boxers looking for blood. Despite this, City have chosen to look past the matter that Liverpool were deserved winners and will instead blame the officials for their supposed injustice.

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It isn’t the first time that controversial refereeing decisions have been the uproar of talk after a Liverpool vs Manchester City clash. Last season, there was a lot of controversy when former City captain Vincent Kompany avoided a red card for a nasty last-ditch tackle on Mohamed Salah.

Even though the Reds would lose this match 2-1 at the Etihad back in January and miss out on the title by a point, Liverpool moved on. There were no official complaints, no lingering outpours of protest following injustice just the fine margins that can separate such formidable opponents.

However, City’s decision to take this matter to an independent panel has provoked a natural reaction from the Liverpool fanbase with the Citizens being labelled as ‘sore losers’.

One Liverpool supporter believes referee Michael Oliver produced ‘one of the best refereeing performances this season’.

One Kopite made a comparison to City not batting an eyelid when Kompany escaped a red card back in January.

 

Another supporter showcased their frustration of Manchester City complaining when things aren’t going their way.

After falling behind so early can City really complain that it was the performance of the referee the sole reason they lost the Anfield clash?

One supporter felt so strongly that he labelled City into ‘bullying the FA into submission’ following their decision to appeal Oliver’s performance.

Another flashback to Kompany’s tackle on Salah was used in response to the complaint. Does the supporter have a case?

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