Furious Dean Smith slams Man City opener decision after being sent off by Jon Moss 1 month ago

Furious Dean Smith slams Man City opener decision after being sent off by Jon Moss

Smith asked the fourth official if he had "got juggling balls for Christmas" after allowing City's opener on Wednesday night

Dean Smith used his post-match press conference to express his frustration at the decision to allow Manchester City's opening goal to stand as his Aston Villa fell to defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

City eventually took the lead through Bernardo Silva with little over ten minutes to play in the Premier League clash, but Villa's players and coaching staff clearly felt the goal should have been ruled out after Rodri came back from an offside position to win the ball from Tyrone Mings in the buildup.

Despite plenty of confusion from many of those watching, Rodri took advantage of a rule which says that an attacking player is played onside at the point a defender intentionally plays the ball.

Smith was sent off for comments made to referee Jon Moss and fourth official David Coote and made his feelings about the rule clear as he spoke to the media after the game.

"I still don't understand the rule if I'm honest," he said. "I don't think anybody can tell me why the goal's been given; he's taken advantage of an offside position.


"It's 10 yards offside, he comes back and tackles Mings from behind. What's Mings meant to do, let it go through or do we just stand 10 yards offside in the next few games now? I don't understand.

"I thought they'd at least go over to the screen because it looked a clear offside when I looked myself. When I realised they weren't going and the VAR hadn't mentioned anything, I just told the fourth official I thought they'd had juggling balls for Christmas.

"I got a yellow card for saying I think you've had juggling balls for Christmas. What I said for the red card doesn't need to be censored, it wasn't swearing. He came over and said I'm interpreting the laws of the game, and I said you should've done that earlier in the game.

"I think I got treated rather unfairly, I've seen a lot of worse things said to Jon Moss before and he's not dealt like that with it. It just looks like he couldn't wait to give me a yellow and then a red. I'm frustrated at myself, I got sucked into something I shouldn't have."

City went on to double their lead from the penalty spot, after Gabriel Jesus' header struck Matty Cash's hand. Ilkay Gundogan stepped up and converted it, with City's title charge gathering momentum.