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[VIDEO] Glen Jonhson’s Tackle – Was This A Sending Off?

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has been criticised for a two footed tackle made on Man City’s Joleon Lescott during last nights Carling Cup tie. Watch it here

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has been criticised for a two-footed tackle made on Man City’s Joleon Lescott during last nights Carling Cup tie.

Johnson jumped in with studs showing but took the ball cleanly, but the tackle was very similar to that of City defender Vincent Kompany, who was sent off for his effort during Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Man Utd.

Roberto Mancini was left incensed by the ‘double standards’ and ‘inconsistent’ refereeing, and is reported to have had a row about the tackle with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the tunnel after the game.

Watch the video below, should Johnson have been sent off for this?

terrible tackle by soccermr



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  2. Ayub

    January 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

    If that is not a red card then I dont know what a red card should be. If Johnson got Lescott it could have been a season end for him.

    • ken

      January 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      so what u saying is the fa should look at every game and anythink missed by the ref should be pulled,grow up he missed it if the refs give us the pens they missed we would be top of the league[we can all live in fanacy land]

      • Tommy Vonsyld

        January 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Great English!
        Maybe go to school a little?

    • charlie

      January 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Since he won the ball, and made little significant contact with Lescott, it is not a red card. If he had missed the ball and gone through Lescott it would have been a red…Simples.

      Oh yes and Ayub, you cannot give reds for what ‘might’ have happened. On one of Carrolls headers’ Savic raised his boot to try and kick while Carroll headed. He ‘might’ have kicked him in the head, which ‘might’ have caused brain damage, should he have been sent off too?

  3. Steve of Chiang Mai

    January 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    This tackle was far worse than Kompany’s, who I believe went into to the tackle with a view to take the ball and keep possession regardless of what half the nit wit pundits have been saying. Johnson’s tackle was the clean out kind – no attempt to take and keep the ball so his legs were rigid missiles aimed in the direction of Lescotts ankles.
    If the FA can dismiss Man City’s appeal and not action this tackle they are certainly not fair dinkum.

    • gary

      January 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

      it was not a tackle the player never had possession of the ball it was an interception and lescott was in no danger

    • charlie

      January 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh yes Kompany was obviously well meaning and Johnson clearly went in weilding a cleaver and chainsaw with the intent of causing GBH.

      You must be one of those bitter Man City supporters who can’t take losing? Or maybe you are just ignorant? Then again its probably both. Face it… you got beat and looked like Blackburn on a bad day. YOU LOSER!!!!

  4. Thezonly1United

    January 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Horrendous tackle, i agree with everyone who says he never touched anyone but same as Nani got out of the way of Kompany’s challenge Lescott never really committed to the tackle but if he had of it was a leg breaker, two footed, legs out stretched, bad bad tackle, the F.A. should look at it

    • gary

      January 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      you are wrong the ball never got to lescott, it was cut out by the liverpool player before he could even touch it, lescott was never in possession it was a loose ball there to be won by who ever had the desire to win it

  5. Brent

    January 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Difference is it was a 50/50 ball nani was in control of the ball which is way more dangerous

  6. gary

    January 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    has anyone on here ever kicked a ball?

  7. Thezonly1United

    January 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    It was an horrendous leg breaking tackle, if Lescott had put his foot behind the ball it would have been the end of his season.I kicked a ball and i kicked plenty of opponents but never dived in with two legs straight, bit of a cowards tackle in my opoinion

    • charlie

      January 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      In your opoinin? Really? Well in my ‘opoinin’ you are a muppet

  8. pat

    January 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    if that was a red so was de jong on Sunday too
    havent heard mancini talking about that one

  9. Tom - United Fan

    January 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    @ Charlie. Yes you can be sent off for what ‘might’ have happened. Thats the point of the new rules. It’s not neccessarily about whether contact is made, its about whether the tackle was reckless enough to ‘endanger’ the opponent. Which BOTH VK’s and GJ’s tackles were. Second example is not recklessly endangering an opponent, but if ref believed it was, regardless of contact, he should send the player off. That is ‘simples’ mate.

    @ Gary. Tackle or interception doesnt matter, that’s just splitting hairs…What it is, is a lunge at an opponents feet. It is a red card offence as both feet leave the ground and both have studs showing. IF he had caught Lescott it could well’ve done damage. That is the point.

    Seriously. why so difficcult to understand?! The rules have changed to protect the show-ponies more, because Blatter and Platini think they are what makes the game attractive (rather than gritty battlers like De Jong / Keano in his day etc.)

    • RVP10

      January 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Well put Tom. The most sensible explanation so far.

      Both were red cards. End of story, and I’ll be stunned if the FA don’t pull Johnson up on this tackle.

  10. Lukas

    January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    You people must be watching one or two games a month to consider yourself football critics. Ive been watching and playing this sport for over 30 years.

    Absolute red card, as was Kompanys…..arguing had he possession or not…..makes no difference its a two footed lunge..RED CARD…thanks to Lescot and Nani jumping out of the way they are lucky to finish the game without broken bones.
    People stop letting your team colors get in the way of judging poor tackles…
    2 game suspension for any two footed challenge in my league…..

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