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‘Gutless and cowardly’ – Man City fans lambaste Anthony Taylor for dubious Delph dismissal

The Manchester City fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern last night after Wigan Athletic crushed their quadruple dream at the DW Stadium. 

Man City’s ambition of winning all four available trophies this season was always more of a romantic idea for the supporters rather than a realistic expectation, but they would have firmly expected their dream to survive the challenge of a League One side in the FA Cup. However, City’s FA Cup nemesis knocked them out of the competition for the third time since 2013 following a highly controversial and dramatic evening of football.

The promotion chasing League One side were defensively phenomenal and thoroughly deserved their smash and grab victory against the Premier League leaders, but there is no doubt they were given a helping hand by the decision of Anthony Taylor to dismiss Fabian Delph on the stroke of half-time.

Taylor’s decision was one of those fundamentally subjective calls which will continue to firmly divide opinion until there is a notable change in the rules to outline exactly what is permitted when making a slide-tackle.

However, one of the main grievances amongst the supporters concerned the fact that Taylor initially took the yellow card out of his pocket and looked set to issue a caution to Delph, but then changed his mind following manic protests from the Wigan players.

Naturally, after watching an abundance of high and dangerous challenges on their players go unpunished this season, the supporters were absolutely incensed with Taylor’s decision, and they took to Twitter to express their frustration last night.

Here’s what the City fans have had to say about Anthony Taylor’s decision to dismiss Delph yesterday evening…

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