Aston Villa were left furious after Manchester City’s Rodri was not adjudged to be offside when he stole the ball from Mings after standing well beyond Villa’s backline. The City midfielder nipped the ball to set up Bernardo Silva, who fired City into the lead in the 79th minute.
Mings took to Twitter to express his views on the decision, branding the offside rule ‘nonsense’.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was sent off following his protests against the decision to the referee. Speaking to reporters, the Villa manager said “It was a farcical decision. I’ve not seen a goal like that given. It needs to be looked at. I don’t think anyone in this stadium thought it was a goal.“
“I thought they would go over to the VAR screen. I saw the incident and saw it was kicking off, so I asked the fourth officials did they get juggling balls for Christmas.”
“I still don’t understand the rule. I don’t think anyone can tell me why it’s been given. He took advantage of an offside position. What is Tyrone meant to do?“
“Can you stand 10 yards offside now?“
Pep Guardiola admitted he was confused over the rule, and said “There is VAR here no? So, I don’t know the rule or the situation but they analysed it.“
Manchester City went on to win the match and move second in the table, two points behind leaders Manchester United, with a game in hand.