Yaya Touré: I’d Prefer To Play Manchester United Without a Referee

Yaya Touré: I’d Prefer To Play Manchester United Without a Referee
Apr 24, 2017

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Yaya Touré has revealed he would prefer to play against Manchester United on Thursday night WITHOUT a referee after a number of controversial decisions have cost Manchester City in recent weeks. The Ivorian felt City were robbed against Arsenal as Craig Pawson disallowed a perfectly legal Sergio Agüero goal as his linesman believed the ball had gone out of play.

Arsenal were the team to progress to the FA Cup Final, where they will face Antonio Conte’s high-flying Chelsea, but Touré believes Craig Pawson got a number of decisions wrong in yesterday’s semi-final which cost Pep Guardiola’s side.

Following the game, the 33-year-old said: “I think the referees have to stop this. I am very disappointed. It is not the first time, there have been a couple of times.”

“If we have to talk about referees, people will say we complain, but when we see the highlights, for me it is very disappointing.”

The midfielder was questioned as to whether the ball stayed in play in Agüero’s disallowed goal, in which he responded: “Definitely, and it was a penalty and something more.”

“But what can we do? If we talk about the referee, the FA is going to come in for the punishment if we think like that. I think I need to sleep and rest and forget this game.”

Questions turned to Thursday’s Manchester derby, as Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho go head to head at the Etihad in the race for top four. Manchester United have hit an impressive run of form, despite injuries to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and other key squad members, the squad depth in Mourinho’s hands has meant he is still well in the race for a Champions League spot despite still being in Europe.

On the topic of the game, Touré took another swipe at the referees, insisting he would rather play Manchester United without a referee: “Maybe on Thursday, we are going to have a better referee or maybe play without a referee – I’d prefer that.”

“It is a very big game, an important game. We have to do that job and we will see what can happen. We hope we are going to have a good referee.”


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