Vincent Kompany: Is Premier League going soft?

I thought English football was supposed to be hard Kompany expresses fears over red card frenzy in Premier League

Vincent Kompany has warned that there could be a flurry of red cards in the Barclays Premier League after failing to overturn his appeal.

The Manchester City captain is banned for four matches after being sent off by referee Chris Foy for a controversial challenge on Nani in Sunday's 3-2 defeat to United in the FA Cup third round.

The FA threw out his plea over the dismissal but Kompany has now claimed that this could have an impact on the 'hard' English game.

The Belgian said: 'I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on.

Banned: Vincent Kompany will miss the next four matches

Banned: Vincent Kompany will miss the next four matches

'I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction “ifs” and “maybes”

'Are we going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a good tackle and then sanction it

'Players and managers are starting to expect more sending offs from referees and I think it's for the wrong reasons.

'My understanding is that English
football prides itself on the hardness, the fairness and the tradition
of its game. That is why hundreds of millions of people tune in to watch
Premier League football and English referees have always been a key
factor to that success in my opinion.

'So I don't agree with people saying that referees in this country aren't doing well as I think they are the best in the world.

Pivotal moment: Kompany was dismissed for his challenge on Nani

Pivotal moment: Kompany was dismissed for his challenge on Nani

Pivotal moment: Kompany was dismissed for his challenge on Nani

'Hopefully common sense will prevail again in the future and I for one hope not to see consistency in sending offs and suspensions when the intent of a player is to win the ball.

'I'd like to add to this that I waited for the suspension to be confirmed before making any comments on the matter as I didn't want to give the impression that I was using the media as a tool to benefit my own personal agenda in this case.

'I'm not speaking on behalf of the club or anybody else, this isn't me defending myself, this is just me raising a genuine concern.

'If football fans decide I'm wrong in raising these concerns then I will have no problem in accepting the fact that times are changing again for our game.'

Kompany misses both Carling Cup semi-final matches against Liverpool, plus the upcoming Premier League matches with Tottenham and Wigan.