Following Sunday’s thrilling shootout victory for Arsenal at Wembley, manager of Manchester City Pep Guardiola criticized alterations to the officiating.
Cole Palmer gave City the lead in the 77th minute, but Leandro Trossard equalized in the 11th minute of extra time when Manuel Akanji’s effort deflected off of him.
The final eight minutes of the game were first added by referee Stuart Attwell, but it was extended further when Kyle Walker and Thomas Partey collided at that time.
Referees have been told to add extra time for any in-game delays in order to reduce time-wasting.
After the game, Guardiola claimed the changes might have a significant impact on games.
It’s not bothersome; we just have to get used to it, he remarked. Not because we were winning 1-0, but rather because I had the impression that not enough had occurred for the game to be extended by eight minutes.
But given that they don’t consult the managers or the players, it’s a legitimate question for the [rule-making International Football Association Board] and everyone.
“We must respect whoever’s opinion it may be. The games will now last 100 minutes, for sure.