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Manchester City captain Richard Dunne is not a happy bunny after watching a replay of Tuesday night’s match against Tottenham. City’s Carling Cup dreams came to an end after goals from Jermain Defoe and Steed Malbranque sent Tottenham through to the semi-final stages of the competition, although, according to The Independent, the Republic of Ireland international feels that arbiter Steve Bennett should have sent off the Frenchman rather than Didier Zokora.

Dunne said: “We did not have a good night and neither did the referee. We have seen all the incidents afterwards on the laptop and they all seem wrong. There are bookings when there should not have been and red cards when they should have been bookings. It was one of those nights. What can we do?

“It [the Chimbonda incident] was a penalty but the referee has not seen it. He said I ran straight into him.”

Speaking of Chimbonda, the Tottenham full-back has spoken up for his team-mate Zokora, saying:

“I don’t think the referee made a good decision – Didier is not a dirty player.”

Although Spurs have launched an appeal against the red card, did they also deserve to be penalised due to Malbranque’s reckless challenge on Verdran Corluka shortly afterwards? Perhaps Bennett would have brandished a red card for that foul if he hadn’t dismissed Zokora moments earlier.

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