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Toure Hits Out At Referees

Manchester City stalwart Yaya Toure has hit out at the current refereeing standard after Manchester City were dumped out of the FA Cup by Arsenal on Sunday.

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The former Ivory Coast captain was left angered by referee Craig Pawson after the match official ruled out a first half-half goal that should have stood, as backed by television replays.

Argentina forward Sergio Aguero thought he had scored a second for City, but the strike was overturned because officials believed that Leroy Sane's cross had drifted out of play.

"I think the referees have to stop this," Toure said, as quoted by ESPN.

"I am very disappointed. It is not the first time – there have been a couple of times.

"I am very disappointed. It is not the first time, there have been a couple of times.

"If we have to talk about referees, people are going to say we complain, but when we see the highlights, for me it is very disappointing."

Aguero also had an appeal for a penalty waved away by the referee, and Toure believes a spot-kick should have been awarded.

"Definitely, and it was a penalty and something more. But what can we do?" he added when asked if he thought the tackle on the Argentine in the box was a foul.

"If we talk about the referee, the FA is going to come in for the punishment if we think like that, but I think I need to sleep and rest and forget this game."

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The Citizens, who are currently fourth in the Premier League, are now only one point ahead of city rivals Manchester United, who they will face at the Etihad on Thursday night.

Do you think referees need to be held accountable for poor decisions? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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