MANCHESTER CITY scorer Aymeric Laporte marched through his gruesome thigh injury after Stuart Armstrong exited the game in red in a challenge.
Referee Simon Hooper stuck with his yellow card ruling after checking VAR like 1-1 draw against Southampton ended the 12-match winning streak of the leaders.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness – known for her own reckless challenges – was among those who labeled Armstrong as ‘lucky’ not to be sent off.
The Scotland centre-back stayed on as his challenge was seen by VAR as a ‘glare’ and ‘lack of intensity’, according to Sky Sports’ Dave Jones.
Try saying it to Laporte, though, as the defender later showed a nasty cut – wide and swollen – on his leg on Twitter.
The Spaniard, 27, added: “Thanks for the souvenir.”
But any frustration he feels has more to do with how frustrated City have been after their Premier League lead was dropped to 12 points.
Kyle Walker-Peters blew up Southampton’s early opener.
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Before Laporte headed home for Man City in the 65th minute from Kevin de Bruyne’s free kick.
He later told the BBC of the Match of the Day: “It was tough. I think we deserved a little more.
“We dropped two points, but it happens sometimes.”
Meanwhile, fans on social media seem divided over whether Armstrong should.
Some called his challenge an ‘obvious’ send-off and one said: “Will never understand how he didn’t get a red.”
But others felt it was just a misjudged tackle – with the injury worse than intended.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8248852/man-city-aymeric-laporte-injury-southampton-stuart-armstrong/ Manchester City star Aymeric Laporte shows off horror slash on thigh after being caught by Stuart Armstrong’s shoe