Mancini to appeal Kompany red card despite risk of increasing ban to four games… but Kompany holds 'no grudges' with ref Dean
19:05 GMT, 13 January 2013
19:46 GMT, 13 January 2013
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini outlined his plans to appeal Vincent Kompany's red card, regardless of the fact an unsuccessful appeal could see a three-match ban turned into a four-game absence.
But Kompany took to Twitter after the match to say he did not blame referee Mike Dean and that he understands 'the difficulty of the job'.
Kompany slid in on Arsenal midfielder
Jack Wilshere during City's 2-0 victory at the Emirates, their first at
Arsenal since 1975.
Red Vincent Kompany was sent off for this tackle on Jack Wilshere in the second half against Arsenal
No grudges: Kompany tweeted his congratulations and said he holds 'no grudges' with referee Mike Dean
City captain received a straight red from Dean, who deemed
that the Belgian went in recklessly on the England international.
Kompany wrote: 'First. Massive congrats to
our team and fans, great game! Also. No grudges against the referee, I
understand the difficulty of the job. 🙂
'About the tackle: If the ball is
overrun by the opponent and a 50/50 challenge occurs, collision is
Kompany, who has been sent off in similar circumstances in the past, vowed not to change his approach to tackling.
'Ultimately I'm a defender: Appeal may
work or not. I will never pull out of a challenge, as much as I will
never intend to injury a player.
'Finishing on a positive: It's about the team and our team looks strong at the moment. We need to maintain this level of performance. :-)'
Mancini also claimed that the referee got the decision wrong, and will appeal for the red card to be rescinded.
'This is not a red card, absolutely not,' he said.
'He has one foot in and takes the ball. I think the referee made a mistake.'
Gutted: The Manchester City captain looked distraught as he is directed off the field by Mike Dean
Mediator: Kompany had to hold back Pablo Zabaleta (right) as the Argentinean sought to have words with Lukas Podolski
The Italian did concede that his
side's task had been made easier by Koscielny`s dismissal, but praised
his men for finding a way through regardless.
'If you play 10 players, it can be difficult,' he said.
'We started the game very well, played high up and pressed. We wanted to win this.
'It was easier after the sending off but in the second half we were too soft and missed three or four goals.'
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refused to blame the early red card for his side`s demise, instead telling his players they had not done what they should have done after going a man down.
'It was frustrating (to go down to 10 men) but we got away with it (with the penalty miss),' he said.
'We were down to 10 men with 80 minutes to go and knew it would be a difficult game.
'But we were too timid and did not have enough authority on the game. We let them dictate the game to us and when we went 1-0 down it was difficult.'
Off you go: Laurent Koscielny was dismissed early in the match after giving away a penalty
Wenger added on Koscielny's sending off: 'I've not seen it. I was surprised but I have heard it was a penalty. We have to live with the decision but it doesn't mean we have to lose the game.
'We gave away two cheap goals. At 10 men you keep it 0-0 and you never know.'
On Kompany's red card he said: 'It looked as though they were both playing the ball to me.'
Kompany received a red card after a similar incident last season during an FA Cup tie against bitter rivals Manchester United.
The centre back slid in on Portugal winger Nani before referee Chris Foy sent Kompany to the stands. As it was Kompany's second dismissal of the campaign, he was forced to serve a four-game ban, leaving Montenegro's Stefan Savic to partner Joleon Lescott at the heart of City's defence.
Remember this Kompany was sent off at the Etihad after sliding in on Nani in the FA Cup last season