Oh the irony – City fans react after Delph sees red in FA Cup defeat

Oh the irony – City fans react after Delph sees red in FA Cup defeat

Wigan Athletic ended Manchester City’s hopes of a clean sweep of trophies with their stunning 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side in the FA Cup fifth round.

The Latics – who are third in League One – dumped City out of the tournament on Monday night, a late Will Grigg strike proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The Englishman latched onto a loose ball following a mistake by City defender Kyle Walker, before slotting home cooly from the edge of the area to notch his seventh goal of the competition.

The games biggest talking point came in extra-time during the first-half, when Fabian Delph was shown a straight red card for a heavy challenge on Wigan’s Max Power.

Controversy ensued however after referee Anthony Taylor appeared to originally write Delph’s name on a yellow card, before appearing to change his mind and show the Englishman a red instead.

The decision led to a heated City boss Pep Guardiola and opposite number Paul Cook in the tunnel at half-time, with the Spaniard visibly agitated by Taylor’s decision, as well as the Cook’s gesticulations to the referee following the challenge.

Trouble also ensued at the full-time whistle, with a number of City players, including Sergio Aguero, involved in heated scuffle with Wigan players and staff.

Only a few weeks ago was Pep Guardiola calling for stronger punishments from referees after a number of strong challenge on his players – though the Spaniard was humble in defeat, saying: “Congratulations for Wigan for the qualification. We did absolutely everything, we made a mistake and this kind of game is like a final. OK, we accept the defeat. Congratulations to the winner.”

Anthony Taylor’s decision has caused uproar with the City fans however, who feel the veteran referee cost them a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals ….