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Kompany accepts ban

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A four-match ban is hard to swallow for Kompany. (©GettyImages)
A four-match ban is hard to swallow for Kompany. (©GettyImages).

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has reluctantly accepted his four-match ban for a controversial tackle on Manchester United's Luis Nani during Sunday's thrilling FA Cup encounter.

Kompany has, however, expressed his concerns that physicality is being totally eradicated from the game due to literal interpretation of the the laws of the game.

The Belgian defender was sent off at the Etihad Stadium four a two-footed tackle, although he cleanly won the ball, without touching the opponent.

Referee Chis Foy deemed the challenge to be enough to warrant a sending off, although Roberto Mancini - and others - slammed the decision.

Kompany was given a statutory three-match ban, which was further extended after the FA decided City's decision to appeal the decision was frivolous.

And, following the ruling, the 25-year-old has broken his silence.

"I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on," he wrote on Facebook.

"I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction "ifs" and "maybes."

"Are we going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a good tackle and then sanction it?

"Players and managers are starting to expect more sending offs from referees and I think it's for the wrong reasons."

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