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Fans think Kevin De Bruyne should have been sent off vs Paris Saint-Germain after producing a poor tackle on Idrissa Gueye.
Former Everton midfielder Gueye, who was shown a red card against City in last season's Champions League semi-final first leg at the Parc des Princes, opened the scoring with an emphatic finish just eight minutes in.
It was Gueye's first goal in Europe's premier club competition.
But at the end of the first half, the Senegal international was in the wars after De Bruyne caught him badly on his leg.
KDB yellow that should have been a red pic.twitter.com/lGcIGGA54s— Hdhehehsdhsh (@hdhehehsdhsh) September 28, 2021
📸 - No VAR check for a possible red card after a challenge from De Bruyne. pic.twitter.com/zdspzTx0hf— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) September 28, 2021
The Belgian did initially get a toe to the ball but replays showed his follow through was incredibly dangerous and left Gueye writing around in agony.
Surprisingly, despite a considerable stoppage and VAR in use, De Bruyne escaped with a yellow card. Many felt it was the wrong call and referenced the double standards in UEFA officiating.
A couple of weeks back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for Manchester United against Young Boys for a similar challenge in the 2-1 defeat.
Amazing you can have VAR in operation, watching back those City penalty appeals and De Bruyne tackle, and just say ‘nah, you crack on man in the middle’— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) September 28, 2021
There’s the context of De Bruyne getting a toe to the ball but it’s irrelevant when he catches Gueye that high. A bad challenge that should’ve been a red card, particularly given Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal two weeks ago.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) September 28, 2021
absolutely disgusting from De Bruyne, should have been sent off. pic.twitter.com/7LVgiMastt— Galu (@PSGalu) September 28, 2021
Wan-Bissaka sent off, De Bruyne only receives a yellow card. Terrible double standards. pic.twitter.com/ofXFQ6sZkX— UnitedReds (@UnitedRedscom) September 28, 2021
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the exact same challenge that Kevin de Bruyne just done on Gueye. The referee has only given KdB a yellow card, what an absolute joke. pic.twitter.com/X784hupj2f— Devils of United 🔰 (@DevilsOfUnited) September 28, 2021
Yes. That's a red card all day. De Bruyne is extremely lucky to still be on the pitch. Wan Bissaka got a red card for the exact same challenge against BSC Young Boys pic.twitter.com/jCvJU8AJpk— Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? (@PoorEPLreferees) September 28, 2021
OMG I hate football Kevin de Bruyne just did want Wan Bissaka did to get a red card and he only got a yellow 😭— with sense (@analmylatina) September 28, 2021
I don't know about you but De Bruyne should be off. pic.twitter.com/5FDtycCmrD— WelBeast (@WelBeast) September 28, 2021
Aaron Wan-Bissaka gets a red card.— WHF!🇾🇪 (@UtdWesleyy) September 28, 2021
Kevin De Bruyne gets a yellow card.
ZERO CONSISTENCY!🥴 pic.twitter.com/TpCYjnhGRx
Ngl that De Bruyne's challenge was worse than the Wan Bissaka challenge that got him sent off. Guess it's double standards😬— Trey (@UTDTrey) September 28, 2021
De Bruyne only received a yellow for this challenge. Imagine if Granit Xhaka made that tackle… pic.twitter.com/4SKuT2ouS3— Gunners (@Gunnersc0m) September 28, 2021
Gueye, quite possibly the best player on the pitch in the opening 45 minutes, was down for a fair amount of time and looked like he might not be able to continue, with Gini Wijnaldum warming up.
However, he was able to shake off the knock after receiving treatment.
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