‘Thanks for the souvenir’: Aymeric Laporte shows off a nasty gash from Stuart Armstrong’s tackle in Man City’s draw at Southampton as Souness and Richards insist Scot was ‘lucky’ to escape a red
- Aymeric Laporte was on the receiving end of high tackle from Stuart Armstrong
- Despite a VAR check, the Saints midfielder got away with just a booking
- Both Graeme Souness and Micah Richards agree he was ‘lucky’ to not get a red
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte saw the funny side of things despite picking up a gruesome looking gash in the draw with Southampton.
City’s 12-game winning streak was brought to an end by the Saints after Laporte cancelled out Kyle Walker-Peters seventh minute opener.
The Frenchman was involved in a controversial moment when he was brought down by Stuart Armstrong’s high foot in the second-half.
Man City’s Aymeric Laporte was left on the deck from Stuart Armstrong’s high tackle
Following a lengthy VAR check, it was deemed that Armstrong’s studs-up challenge was not worthy of a sending off and he instead got away with just a booking.
Laporte took it to Twitter to give his reaction. He Tweeted: ‘Well thanks for the souvenir lol,’ alongside a photo of the gash he suffered from the challenge.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness reckons the Armstrong was fortunate to remain on the pitch.
Laporte put Man City on level terms after the hour mark with a header from a free-kick
He said: I think Armstrong’s lucky. I think when you’re catching an opposition player high on his thigh with six studs, I think it’s a red card.’
Micah Richards agreed as he said: ‘I would go orange! He’s lucky his leg is not planted. If his leg’s planted then he breaks his leg there. It’s not a great challenge, it’s probably a red to be honest.
Despite the draw, Pep Guardiola’s side extended their lead at the top to 12 points but second-placed Liverpool have two games in hand.