Football: Toure criticises referee after Man City denied penalty
03:44 PM, January 23, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:48 PM, January 23, 2017

Football: Toure criticises referee after Man City denied penalty

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has risked angering the English Football Association by criticising referee Andre Marriner's refusal to award his team a penalty in their 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

City were leading 2-1 in the game when Tottenham right back Kyle Walker shoved winger Raheem Sterling in the penally area, but Marriner turned down the appeals for a penalty and Tottenham equalised a minute later.

Walker said after the match that he was lucky not to have conceded the penalty.

"We feel a little bit robbed because we dominated the game," Toure said. "It was a fantastic game for us... When you see how many chances we had, particularly in the first half, it was unbelievable against a big team like Tottenham.

"The manager and the players were frustrated because we feel like we've been robbed.

"I'll go home and watch the highlights and I'll probably break the glass and be angry because we've lost two points like that. If (Marriner) looks again he'll see something was very wrong."

The draw kept City in fifth place in the table and Toure also suggested that Sterling should have gone to ground the minute he felt the contact from Walker to make sure the penalty was awarded.

"If you have a bit of experience like me, you'd maybe dive in that situation and that's maybe what you have to do," he added.

"He (Sterling) is too honest, he wants to be proper in these sort of games. If the lad's like that, you can't tell him he's wrong, if that's what he tries to do.

"When you see it, he can't miss from there, he was so close and after that Walker pushes him in the back."

The midfielder also called for a speedy adoption of video technology, which was tested for the first time by FIFA at last month's Club World Cup.

"If video can be involved in football it is going to be brilliant," he said.

"If the ref looks at the highlights he is going to feel something is unfair. We all do wrongs in life but this is difficult to take. It is two points going away. Something has to be done."

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