Manchester City’s Executive believes there could be more to their bad luck with officials.
Patrick Vieira has stated his belief that there could be a conspiracy theory afoot, as the pressure mounts in the Premier League title race.
The Daily Star reveals the former Arsenal maestro thinks the league leaders have been given a raw deal by referees, with both Vincent Kompany and Mario Ballotelli having been banned for four games recently, whilst Gareth Barry was shown a red against Liverpool.
Roberto Mancini is known to be seething at events over the past few weeks, and Vieira feels City’s rivals have been treated rather more leniently.
The Frenchman moaned ,“Frank Lampard’s recent tackle looked dangerous compared to Vincent’s, while Peter Crouch, when he put his finger in the eye of another player, looked bad as well. You ask yourself if something is wrong here. If people don’t want us to win the league.”
It’s a sad state of affairs when a former player of the stature of Vieira’s reduces himself to such paranoid ramblings, but that seems to be the case here.
Whilst Vincent Kompany’s dismissal was no doubt one of the shockers of the season, the constant bemoaning of the treatment of Mario Balotelli is baffling. The Italian kicked Scott Parker in the head, an offense which could have technically led to legal action. In the end the erratic Italian got a 4 game ban and a slap on the wrist, a verdict he should be grateful for considering the harsh nature of his club captain’s identical punishment.
Throughout the years many imposing figures of title races have embarrassed themselves with irrational statements, usually leaving Sir Alex Ferguson smiling all the way to another trophy. Kevin Keegan famously broke down in front of millions in a live interview, while amidst a rare title campaign for Liverpool Rafa Benitez completely lost his mind during a mid-season press conference.
Though Vieira’s outburst is worlds away from those incidents, his words certainly won’t help at a time when City’s focus must be on the challenges that lie ahead.
In embroiling themselves in bizarre conspiracy theories and bitter accusations, the pace setters will only serve in distancing themselves from neutrals who are hoping for a new champion this year, and provide those who resent the mega-rich Mancs another reason to pray for their downfall.
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