Manchester City’s Leroy Sane was injured after a tackle by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett during an FA Cup tie last month
European football’s governing body Uefa has ordered its referees to punish bad tackling and “protect football’s image”.
Italian Pierluigi Collina, who is the Uefa chief refereeing officer, has revealed that officials in the Champions League and Europa League will issue red cards for serious foul play.
The Times says that Collina’s comments come after a meeting of European referees and also Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola urging officials to protect his players.
Earlier this month City complained to the Premier League’s referees body about a number of bad tackles inflicted on their players, the BBC reported. City cited nine challenges that they believe should have warranted more severe punishment.
One of the bad challenges was by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett on Leroy Sane. The tackle, which took place in an FA Cup tie, saw the winger get injured and ruled out for a number of games.
Uefa urging refs %u201Cto take proper sanctions against players who commit serious foul play or make reckless challenges that might injure an opponent and endanger a career.%u201Dhttps://t.co/snfatviUcz
— Richard Conway, BBC (@richard_conway) February 12, 2018
Collina told Uefa.com: “We need players playing, so they must be protected. We do not want situations where a player’s future is put in doubt because of serious injury caused by a challenge, whether it is intentional, or is unintentional and the player making the challenge is taking a risk of causing injury.
“Players must understand that they have to respect their opponents and show the same positive behaviour to them that they would want to receive themselves.
“Football is a beautiful game. And we want it to stay that way.”
Expect a few cards in the UEFA Champions League after the latest instruction to referees. https://t.co/yirCMGebYV
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 13, 2018