- This charge comes after a high-scoring encounter with Tottenham
- Haaland was shown a yellow card after losing his temper on the pitch but could face further punishment
- Pep Guardiola said the incident wasn’t the reason his team drew the game, he defended Haaland’s angry reaction
Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s striking sensation, faces an FA charge after his reaction to a ‘controversial’ refereeing decision during Manchester City’s 3-3 home Premier League draw with Tottenham on Sunday
This charge comes after a high-scoring encounter with Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium, a match that ended in a six-goal thriller.
FA rules suggest a financial penalty would be the most likely punishment for Erling Haaland, should the the striker be charged and found guilty of breaking social media guidelines
Shortly after the game, the Norway international wrote ‘WTF’ on his Twitter account after sharing a clip of the incident.
Haaland’s comments targeted the decisions made by referee Simon Hooper during the match. This incident brings into focus the ongoing tension between players and match officials over contentious on-field decisions, a scenario that has repeatedly surfaced in the Premier League.
The FA charge against Haaland could lead to various consequences, potentially affecting his availability for upcoming matches. This situation poses a challenge for Manchester City, who rely heavily on Haaland’s goal-scoring prowess.
Haaland was shown a yellow card after losing his temper on the pitch but could face further punishment if the FA deem his social media post to be a breath of Rule E3.1, governing social media comments or remarks made in the media.
Pep Guardiola defends Haaland
Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou said after the game that his team had “got away with one” following Hooper’s decision, and although City manager Pep Guardiola said the incident wasn’t the reason his team drew the game, he defended Haaland’s angry reaction.
“It’s normal,” Guardiola said. “His reaction was the same for 10 players. The rules are you cannot talk with the referees or fourth officials, so we should have had 10 players sent off today. He’s a little bit disappointed.
“Even the referee — if he played for Man City today he would be disappointed for that action, that’s for sure.
“I make mistakes, players make mistakes. When Erling goes down, the ref said play on and after making the pass, he stopped the game.
“I don’t want to criticise him. Sometimes on the touchline I lose my mind, my gestures are not proper, but we didn’t draw for that. Spurs are happy with a point, we are a little less happy.”