Micah Richards reacts to James Milner incident in Liverpool draw vs Manchester City

Micah Richards has told Sky Sports (broadcast on 3/10; 18:51) that the referee was influenced by the Anfield crowd after not sending James Milner off as Liverpool drew with Manchester City on Sunday.

Milner seemed to be incredibly lucky to not be dismissed during the second-half of the 2-2 draw.

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He had been booked for bringing down Phil Foden during the first-half. And he must have feared the worst when he hung out a leg as Bernardo Silva cut past him down City’s left flank after the break.

The incident left Silva taking a nasty fall and landing on his head. And yet, Paul Tierney decided that the foul was only worthy of a free-kick.

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The decision infuriated Pep Guardiola and some of the Manchester City players.

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Jurgen Klopp meanwhile, responded by almost immediately replacing Milner with Joe Gomez. That arguably said a lot about what Klopp made of the incident.

Richards was clearly angered by the decision to not send Milner off. And he suggested that the crowd may have got to the referee.

“The referee has had an absolute shocker. I don’t understand how that’s allowed to happen. We can see it from up here that that’s a yellow card. How can he not be giving that decision? It’s absolutely baffling. And it’s annoying to be honest,” he told Sky Sports.

“People know how hard it is to come to Anfield. It’s tough. It’s one of the toughest places to come in Europe. He was influenced by the crowd today, because how can that not be a yellow card?”

Milner definitely got away with one as Liverpool draw with Manchester City

Milner did not have the best afternoon up against Foden. He was also arguably lucky to not be penalised for a foul on the youngster that some associated with City wanted a penalty for.

You can understand why Richards was baffled by the decision to not send his former teammate off.

It is hard to see how the Anfield crowd could have had any impact on the decision however.

The referee has made a terrible call. And it probably became all the more frustrating for City fans with Milner being involved in the build-up to Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike.

Suggesting the crowd had any impact on the decision however, does seem to be a bit of stretch, at best.

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