Vincent Kompany manhandles referee Michael Oliver: Twitter compares Man City captain avoiding punishment to Man Utd star Di Maria’s red

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany avoided punishment during his side’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace after appearing to grab referee Michael Oliver in the wake of the Eagles’s opening goal during their 2-1 victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

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The Belgian and his teammates had felt aggrieved after three offside appeals were turned down by the officials before Palace striker, Glenn Murray put his side ahead from a couple of yards.

Following the goal, there was furore as the 28-year-old physically grabbed Oliver in scenes reminiscent of Angel Di Maria’s red card during Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Arsenal last month.

The Argentinian winger was given a second yellow coincidentally by the same referee after reacting badly to not being given a penalty.

After the incident, fans have taken to Twitter to discuss the altercation, or vent their frustrations at the apparent double standards depending whether you wear a red or sky-blue shirt.

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