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Liverpool: Fans slam 'shocking' referee for failing to send off Thiago and Fabinho vs Man City

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‘Scandalous’: Fans slam ‘shocking’ referee Anthony Taylor for failing to send off both Thiago and Fabinho for their series of wild tackles against Manchester City, with one claiming it’s ‘one rule for them and another for us’

Fans have united on social media to slam referee Anthony Taylor for failing to send off either Thiago or Fabinho during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw away at Manchester City.

The referee didn’t have too many decisions to make for the majority of the game as the two contenders played out an epic at the Etihad Stadium. 

However, there were some big calls for the referee to make in the game, as Fabinho’s challenge on Bernardo Silva in the 82nd minute saw him crunch the City star’s ankle – but he only picked up a yellow card.

Fabinho’s midfield partner, Thiago, was also perhaps lucky to avoid a red card following a series of late, lunging tackles that brought attacking City players down. 

Football fans have slammed Anthony Taylor for not sending off either Fabinho (left) or Thiago

Football fans have slammed Anthony Taylor for not sending off either Fabinho (left) or Thiago

The pair made a number of challenges during the game with Thiago (left) perhaps lucky not to receive a second yellow for bringing down Kevin De Bruyne (right) late in the dramatic contest

The pair made a number of challenges during the game with Thiago (left) perhaps lucky not to receive a second yellow for bringing down Kevin De Bruyne (right) late in the dramatic contest

Mid-way through the half after he stopped an attack with a wild lunge on Gabriel Jesus he avoided a yellow card.

Then after the hour mark he received a yellow card for dissent and later in the game, moments after Fabinho’s challenge, he took out Kevin De Bruyne. 

Taylor though awarded the foul to the visitors as Thiago was also being held back by Rodri in the midfield melee. 

Fans took to Twitter to question Taylor for his decision not to send either man off.

Barney Gaughan wrote: ‘That’s two red cards Liverpool should have had in 2 mins, first was Fabinhno, 2nd was Thiago. Anthony Taylor is shocking.’ 

Bernardo Silva reacts as he is helped up by Thiago after being fouled by midfielder Fabinho

Bernardo Silva reacts as he is helped up by Thiago after being fouled by midfielder Fabinho

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho battles for possession with Manchester City forward Phil Foden

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho battles for possession with Manchester City forward Phil Foden

A Twitter account named @PoorEPLreferees posted: ‘Yes, Fabinho should have received a red card and Thiago should have received a second yellow card.’

An Everton fan also jumped in on the act, tweeting: ‘Fast forward to the derby, and imagine if Richarlison made them tackles Thiago or Fabinho did. Straight red, three game ban. One rule for them and another for us.’

Rafael Hernandez wrote: ‘Thiago should be red carded, scandalous,’ while Even Deprey added: ‘That’s 3 yellows Thiago should have now!’

Fabinho comes together with Kyle Walker during Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Manchester City

Fabinho comes together with Kyle Walker during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City

Bernardo Silva goes down under a challenge from Thiago who received one yellow for dissent

Bernardo Silva goes down under a challenge from Thiago who received one yellow for dissent

Liverpool players appeal to referee Taylor after a decision goes against them during the match

Liverpool players appeal to referee Taylor after a decision goes against them during the match

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘You’ll never walk alone, You’ll walk with Anthony Taylor.

While @JohyanCryuff also posted: ‘How’s that not a yellow on Thiago?? Oh wait it’s Anthony Taylor.’

Manchester City took the lead twice in the potential title-deciding game through Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.

Liverpool however showed great character to equalise first through Diogo Jota and then Sadio Mane a minute into the second-half. 

Raheem Sterling thought he had scored the winner for City only for his goal to be disallowed by VAR for offside. 

Both sides had further chances but the game finished as a draw, leaving them separated by just one point with seven games remaining.

Jurgen Klopp’s side now have to rely on other teams to take points off the league leaders, if they are to win their second title in three seasons.  

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