Manchester City officials to meet head of referees Mike Riley over tackling concerns

Manchester City officials to meet head of referees Mike Riley over tackling concerns

Manchester City will meet head of referees Mike Riley over concerns that challenges on their players are not being sufficiently punished.

The Premier League leaders want the FA’s current powers to punish diving retrospectively to be expanded to yellow cards for tackles that could be perceived as a red.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain will meet with the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) and they may take their case to the Premier League if they have the backing of other clubs.

City boss Pep Guardiola has repeatedly expressed concern over the force of tackling in England and called for more protection for players after injuries to Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane.

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After Sane was injured by a high and dangerous challenge by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett in the FA Cup earlier this month, Guardiola said: “I have said many times, the only thing the officials have to do is protect the players.”



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