In response to Manchester City’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, Erling Haaland had an angry outburst that may result in FA charges.
At the Etihad, Spurs’ 90th-minute equalizer was headed in by Dejan Kulusevski as the home team was denied a potentially game-winning opportunity well into stoppage time.
Emerson Royal knocked Haaland down near the halfway line, but he got back up to pass the ball to Jack Grealish.
With only the goalkeeper to beat, the England international looked to be through on goal, but referee Simon Hooper blew his whistle and signaled a City free kick.
Haaland was indignant about the choice and yelled abuse at Hooper before storming off the field in disgust.
The international player from Norway shared a video of the incident on Twitter shortly after the game and captioned it, “WTF.”
After losing his temper on the field, Haaland was given a yellow card. However, if the FA finds that his social media post violates Rule E3.1, which governs comments made on social media, he may be subject to additional sanctions.
In early November, following the Gunners’ contentious loss to Newcastle United, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was charged with violating the same rule.
Pep Guardiola defended his striker’s post-match response.
The City manager claimed that “his reaction was the same for 10 players.” Ten players ought to have been sent off today because it is against the rules to speak to the fourth officials or referees. He feels a little let down.
Even the referee would be upset about that action if he were a Man City player today, no doubt about it.
It happens to me and to the players. The referee signaled play on when Erling went down, but he stopped the game after making the pass.
“I want to avoid criticizing him.” We did not draw for that, but occasionally I go crazy on the touchline and make inappropriate gestures. Although we are slightly less happy, Spurs are happy with a point.