Former City Player and Ex-Wolves Manager Criticizes Referee’s Decision Regarding Hwang Hee-chan’s First-Half Challenge”

Mick McCarthy, a former City player and Wolves manager, has voiced his opinion on a contentious moment in the first half of the Wolves vs. Man City match.

McCarthy believes that Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan should have received a red card for his late challenge on Kyle Walker just before halftime.

Despite Wolves leading 1-0 due to an own goal by Ruben Dias, McCarthy contends that Manchester City should have had a numerical advantage going into the halftime break.

Hwang had already received a yellow card in the 24th minute of the game, and his tackle on Walker, which occurred late in the first half, prompted McCarthy’s criticism.

McCarthy expressed his views during the club’s halftime livestream on their YouTube channel, pointing out that according to the commentator, a player who commits a challenge like Hwang’s, especially if it’s his first offense and he hasn’t been previously booked, should receive a booking. McCarthy questioned whether this decision was influenced by sympathy.

He clarified that he generally appreciates aggressive play and tackles but emphasized that Hwang’s challenge on Walker was reckless and deserving of a booking. McCarthy firmly believes that Hwang should have been sent off for his actions.

In terms of game statistics, the first half saw Manchester City dominate possession with 69%, and they had 13 attempts at goal, with two of them on target.

Had Hwang received a second yellow card for his challenge on Walker, it might have bolstered Manchester City’s confidence to stage a comeback in the second half, given their trailing position on the scoreline.

If the final result of the game does not favor City, there may be questions raised about the referee’s decision not to issue a second yellow card to Hwang for his challenge on Walker.

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