Villa coach explains Man City red card

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Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has revealed what he said to be sent off during their defeat to Manchester City after one of the most controversial incidents of the Premier League season.

Smith was left incensed after City midfielder Rodri roamed from an offside position to dispossess centre-back Tyron Mings and set up Bernado Silva for the opener in the 79th minute.

A late Ilkay Gundogan penalty secured the 2-0 win for Pep Guardiola's side to move firmly back into the title-race but Smith feels Villa were hard done by after an inspirational display against the star-studded Citizens.

"I still don't understand the rule if I'm honest," Smith said after the game, as per the Daily Mail. "I don't think anybody can tell me why the goal's been given; he's taken advantage of an offside position.

"I got a yellow card [from Moss] for saying I think you've had juggling balls for Christmas. What I said for the red card doesn't need to be censored, it wasn't swearing. He came over and said I'm interpreting the laws of the game, and I said you should've done that earlier in the game.

"I think I got treated rather unfairly, I've seen a lot of worse things said to Jon Moss before and he's not dealt like that with it. It just looks like he couldn't wait to give me a yellow and then a red. I'm frustrated at myself, I got sucked into something I shouldn't have."

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Guardiola also weighed in on the debate for what many believe could be crucial for the title-race this season: "I didn't watch the image on TV. I know they complained on the touchline and VAR is there.

"There are many long balls, the player is offside and you go backwards, the central defender, you clear the ball and go for the second ball and then you use it to counter-attack.

"I don't know exactly what is the rule but VAR is there. If it was offside as it showed then it would have been disallowed but, honestly, I didn't watch it and I understand their reaction. In general, the way we played we were outstanding and we deserved to win."

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