Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville Says Oliver Could Be to Blame for Red Card

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville Says Oliver Could Be to Blame for Red Card

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GARY Neville believes fourth official Michael Oliver could have been the decisive factor in Kyle Walker's controversial sending off against Everton.

England international Walker was shown a second yellow card for an elbow on Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

But TV replays showed the £45m defender had merely backed into his opponent.

Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn on the subject, despite showing his clear frustration on the sidelines.

But Sky Sports pundit Neville insisted the City defender was wrongly dismissed and suggested Oliver may have made referee Robert Madley's mind up.

"I genuinely thought at the time - and only the referee will be able to tell us - that Michael Oliver was involved," he told Monday Night Football.

"The fourth official has got a good view of it, but we won't know and the referees won't tell us. …

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