Red card for tackle on Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva is harsh on Wolves defender Willy Boly 

Willy Boly was unfortunate to be sent off for his challenge on Bernardo Silva.

You must first consider that the Wolves defender won the ball before catching the Manchester City midfielder. That does not mean it is not a red card, of course.

But Boly’s foot was low and he caught Silva on the ankle, not on the shin or higher.

Willy Boly was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson for fouling Manchester City's Bernardo Silva

Willy Boly was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson for fouling Manchester City's Bernardo Silva

Willy Boly was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson for fouling Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva

With instances such as this where the player wins the ball and his follow-through catches the opponent, we are advised that above the ankle is red, below is yellow.

Consider this: if Silva hurdles the challenge then Boly’s tackle is probably applauded. As it is, Silva gets there after the defender and is caught. But where can Boly put his foot after he wins the ball?

Yes, Boly leaves himself open to more than a yellow because of the force, but for me this would have been a free-kick and a caution.

As for City’s penalty, this was the correct call. Ryan Bennett tackles with his wrong foot and catches Raheem Sterling on the knee.

Sterling is running at pace and the contact is consistent with his fall. Forget his reputation for diving, this is a penalty. 

Raheem Sterling won a penalty for the hosts after being fouled in the box by Ryan Bennett

Raheem Sterling won a penalty for the hosts after being fouled in the box by Ryan Bennett

Raheem Sterling won a penalty for the hosts after being fouled in the box by Ryan Bennett

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