Ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett fuming, suggests Tottenham were lucky with three decisions

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli (R) receives a yellow card during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad...

Tottenham Hotspur lost 4-1 at Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane reacts during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester,...Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane

Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has told The Telegraph that Tottenham Hotspur were lucky to get away with three decisions against Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Spurs endured a miserable night at the Etihad Stadium, with non-existent marking from a Leroy Sane corner handing Ilkay Gundogan the opening goal of the game in the first half.

Kevin De Bruyne struck the second with 20 minutes to play before a late Raheem Sterling brace, with Christian Eriksen's injury-time goal proving to be little more than a consolation.

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli (R) receives a yellow card during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad...Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli (R) receives a yellow card

Spurs became the latest victims of Pep Guardiola's unbeatable City side, and one former referee suggests that things could have been even worse for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Danny Rose was somewhat fortunate to not concede a penalty, as he clearly pushed City defender Eliaquim Mangala when jockeying for a high ball inside the area, with the incident going completely unpunished.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli also put in terrible challenges on Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne respectively, receiving yellow cards for their tackles when many felt reds would have been more applicable.

Now, ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett has told The Telegraph that he thinks Tottenham got away with all three decisions, suggesting Kane and Alli should have been sent off and Mangala should have won a penalty.

Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on December...Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Fernandinho of Manchester City

Hackett added his rage at referees for showing a lack of consistency, as recent decisions – such as Paul Pogba's red card against Arsenal – show that referees aren't on the same page right now, with Tottenham getting a little lucky even with their thrashing.

“With so many big games coming up, our officials need to get their act together,” said Hackett. “Sunday’s shove on West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean by Manchester United’s Ashley Young was a clear penalty, as was Danny Rose’s push on Eliaquim Mangala on Saturday. Yet neither spot-kick was given.

“Craig Pawson’s error at the Etihad was compounded by missing two definite red-card challenges by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, tackles that were reckless and endangered their opponents. Only he can explain away his leniency, but it should not be a case of allowing forwards more leeway over such fouls; it does not matter who commits them. Referees are there simply to apply the law. After such a weekend, I would like to see everyone get together to talk through the inconsistencies. Why was Paul Pogba sent off this month for his stamp on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, while Kane and Alli were only booked?” he added.

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