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Toure launches attack on FA Cup semi officials he admits could earn him a charge

Date Posted,April 23, 2017

Yaya Toure has launched an astonishing attack on ­officials — and admitted it could land him in hot water with the Football Association.

Toure was furious with referee Craig Pawson after his Manchester City side’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal on Sunday, and claimed they would be better off playing without a referee in future.

The Blues midfielder, who conceded his rant could land him in hot water, claims refs “do not care” and it is “too easy” for them to make mistakes.

What looked like a perfectly good first-half goal for Sergio Aguero was disallowed by Pawson as Leroy Sane’s cross was incorrectly ruled to have drifted out of play.

Toure said: “Maybe on Thursday (in the Manchester derby at the Etihad) we are going to have a better referee or maybe play without one – I’d prefer that.

Aguero’s shot crossed the line — and Raheem Sterling netted the follow-up to be certain… (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
…but Pawson said no goal as his assistant wrongly ruled the initial cross went out of play (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

“I don’t know how to explain ­myself and, if I say something wrong, the FA is going to make charges (against me), you know. You have to be careful what you say.

“It’s always painful, costly, when you lose games like this.

“When you lose the fair way — the games we have been losing like Monaco, it was ­deserved. This was quite strange, very sad. It’s going to be difficult for me to forget this game because I’m very, very angry.

“Football is like that, you win, you lose. But sometimes it’s difficult when you think how unfair it was. You have to try to forget it, accept it, but it’s hard.

“When the referee makes ­mistakes you respect them, they work hard and it’s not easy for them ­sometimes.

“But next season they are going to put in cameras (technology) and they have to. (We need) a couple of spots where they put the video to tell the referees if it’s a penalty or a goal.

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