A single Liverpool lover is persuaded there is a hidden reason why Mateo Kovacic avoided what appeared to be a blatant purple card from Arsenal during Sunday afternoon’s Leading League blockbuster at the Emirates Stadium.
The Croatian midfielder, who was named in Pep Guardiola’s starting off lineup to participate in Mikel Arteta’s title-chasing Gunners, lined up along with Rico Lewis.
And whilst each sides went into the 50 %-time crack level at -, Arsenal will come to feel unbelievably tricky completed by.
Kovacic lunged in on Martin Odegaard and plainly took out the Norweigan’s standing leg. Offered the truth the Town midfielder executed his problem from behind, followers, the two household and away, would have been anticipating referee Michael Oliver to brandish a straight crimson card.
Nevertheless, Olivier, to most fans’ surprise, opted towards showing a crimson card and as an alternative awarded City’s selection eight with just a yellow.
Remarkably, Kovacic, just times afterwards, unleashed one more badly timed tackle, this time on Declan Rice, and as soon as all over again escaped significant punishment.
And a person Liverpool fan believes the purpose Oliver opted versus sending Kovacic off was thanks to his connections to Saudi Arabia’s football federation.
According to a modern report from the Telegraph, Oliver has been one formal that Saudi’s sporting choice-makers are desperate to lure to the Middle East as they look for to make the Professional League 1 of the most popular competitions in the earth.
Provided Saudi Arabia’s possession connections with Manchester City, coupled with their want to lure Oliver absent from the Premier League, there are problems, as highlighted by this lover on X, that a opportunity conflict of fascination has transpired throughout today’s Leading League showdown amongst two of the Premier League’s title favourites.