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Anfield crowd ‘influenced’ referee in James Milner controversy, says Micah Richards

Anfield crowd ‘influenced’ referee in James Milner controversy, says Micah Richards
The Liverpool player escaped a second yellow card after fouling Bernardo Silva in the 2-2 teken

Micah Richards has said he was left “baffled” after James Milner was not shown a second yellow card in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City, with the former defender claiming that referee Paul Tierney was “influenced” by the Anfield crowd.

City manager Pep Guardiola was furious after Milner escaped punishment for a foul on Bernardo Silva and was himself booked for his protests.

Milner, who was filling in for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold at right back, was booked in the first half of the Premier League thriller for a foul on Phil Foden and was quickly substituted by manager Jurgen Klopp after his tackle on Silva went unpunished at Anfield.

With the match level at 1-1 at that point, former City defender Richards said Milner being sent off would have “changed the game”.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Richards said: “It’s ridiculous. We have to be impartial. And I’ve got my allegiances to City, but that is a yellow card.

“The referee has had an absolute shocker. I don’t understand how that’s allowed to happen. We can see from up here that it’s a yellow card. How can he give that decision?

“It’s absolutely baffling, and it’s annoying to be honest. Anfield is one of the toughest places to come in Europe but the referee was influenced by the crowd today, because how can that not be a red card?

“James Milner is one of my best mates but we have to tell the truth in the situation. It changes the game. In the end the game was 2-2, so it will be put to bed. But it changed the game.”

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane added: “If Milner is not already on a yellow card, he gives him a yellow card for that. The players and managers both know. Pep is frustrated because he thinks he’s come to Anfield and another decision has gone against him.”