The reason why Ederson from Man City did not receive a red card against Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola’s Crystal Bowl warning was the focus ahead of the anticipated Crystal Palace visit to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. If there were any complacent onlookers, Guardiola sternly stated, “I don’t remember easy games against Roy Hodgson’s teams.”

Manchester City’s match took an unexpected turn as they were held to a surprising 2-2 draw. In the first half, Ederson, their goalkeeper, made a reckless lunge on Palace’s Jean-Philippe Mateta, which could have potentially led to a more complicated situation for the team.

The out-rushing Brazilian, Ederson, clearly fouled Mateta, prompting referee Paul Tierney to quickly award a free kick and book Ederson. However, this decision sparked controversy and led to widespread questioning of the card’s color from those inside the stadium and beyond.

Predictably, Palace adopted a compact low block and patiently awaited opportunities to counterattack City. Jack Grealish survived a lengthy VAR check to give City the lead before Mateta surged forward and was brought down by Ederson outside the penalty area.

It was clear that Ederson denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, although Ruben Dias was in close proximity. However, this offense does not always result in a dismissal.

According to Law 12 in the FA handbook, a player should be shown a red card when “denying a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent whose overall movement is towards the offender’s goal.”

The debate arose as to whether Mateta’s “overall movement” was directly towards the unguarded net or not, as his touch took Ederson out of the game but was directed towards the corner flag rather than the posts.

As the offense took place outside of the penalty area, the debate as to whether Ederson made “an attempt to play the ball or a challenge for the ball” was deemed irrelevant.

Despite extensive replays, VAR Stuart Attwell did not view the decision to book Ederson as a “clear and obvious error,” thereby allowing play to continue without an altering of the initial caution.

However, Mateta managed to avenge himself by scoring against Ederson and then winning a stoppage-time penalty after being brought down by Phil Foden inside the box. Although Ederson couldn’t stop Michael Olise’s spot kick, Palace may have left the Etihad with more than a single point if City had been reduced to ten men in the first half.

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