As yesterday’s Manchester City’s game against Burnsley was broadcast live in Brazil, a big part of the post-match reaction was commenting on Fernandinho’s red card, which some viewers thought was unfair.
Reporters from ESPN Brasil were at the Etihad, and managed to talk to some players about the referee’s decision.
Speaking in Spanish, Yaya Touré said: “As I always say, Fernandinho is short, but with aggressiveness. But it was bad luck.”
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also had his say: “It isn’t easy to play practically entire game with one man less. But we had the will to revert the situation. And we’re happy for having won a very hard match.”
This is Fernandinho’s second Premier League red card this season. He had already received one in a game against Chelsea last month, when he was suspended for three fixtures and missed the matches against Leicester, Watford and Arsenal.
After last night’s suspension, Fernandinho will now miss a FA Cup clash against West Ham, then Premier League matches against Everton, Tottenham and the Hammers again.
Maybe the ‘aggressiveness’ Touré describes has something to do with the ‘bad luck’.