Sterling joins Guardiola in calling for protection for City players

Feb 05, 2018, 00:53

Southall hit back at Pep Guardiola's claim that his players needed more protection from referees after Leroy Sane was injured against Cardiff.

Sterling added his name to the list of City players angry at what they believe is a brutal and unfair campaign to stop them in their tracks as they look to clinch an unprecedented quadruple.

West Brom winger Matt Phillips was booked for a wild tackle on midfielder Brahim Diaz in City's 3-0 league win in midweek and it followed a caution for winger James McClean after his lunge on City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

Leroy Sane has been ruled out of action for at least six weeks after an absolute shocker of a challenge from Cardiff City's Joe Bennett that even prompted the German FA to send out a tweet reminding opposition players of the upcoming Federation Internationale de Football Association showpiece.

Bernardo Silva said on Wednesday that he felt City players are being targeted, and Sterling has now joined Blues boss Pep Guardiola in calling for referees to better protect players from what the England man brands "awful".

"I think it is important to come to a ground like this and get points, we know how hard it is".

"I think that you judge a good goalkeeper not by the amount of saves he makes but the importance of the ones he saves", said Kompany.

And England worldwide Sterling has warned that top players will miss the World Cup in the summer because of suffering injuries from bad challenges. I don't think that's right. "We haven't been protected enough in certain situations".

"It would be sad to see someone miss the tournament due to a silly tackle and someone get away with it".

It follows a glut of incidents on City players this season, none of which were punished with dismissals.

"These tackles can happen but it can't be every game we're getting two players coming in with injuries. But I just feel we need to try and cut this out of the game". I'm just loving it and hopefully that can keep happening.