Man City vs Liverpool ref officiated Nottingham Senior Cup match two days before

Manchester City vs Liverpool referee David Coote officiated a non-league match just two days earlier.

Post-World Cup football got off to a sensational start as City edged rivals Liverpool in a 3-2 thriller in the Carabao Cup last-16. In charge of the mighty fixture at the Etihad was English football referee Coote, who has been FIFA listed since 2020.

But the Nottinghamshire official was involved in a far more obscure clash just days before, having been spotted at Newark and Sherwood United vs Basford United on Tuesday.

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Coote showed he was still in touch with his roots by taking on the Nottingham Senior Cup quarter-final fixture, which ended with Basford clinching a 3-0 victory over their step five opponents.

Yet the occasion did not come anywhere near the pressure Coote faced in officiating two of the biggest clubs in the world on Thursday night. And he had plenty to deal with as tempers boiled over between the Reds and Blues.

The most notable moment came when Fabinho and Rodri came to blows following a reckless scissor tackle on the Spaniard. Red mist descended on City’s Rodri, who shoved Fabinho before teammate Ilkay Gundogan pushed the latter over.

But not everyone was in agreement with Coote's decision not to send the City midfielder off.

One fan wrote on Twitter after the game: “Rodri should be sent off. That’s an assault. Clearly shoved Fabinho to the floor. What happened to – you raise your hands, you get shown a red card? David Coote is not fit to referee.”

Another joked: “David Coote edges out Liverpool in a five goal thriller” while a third tweeted: "So, from 'letting things go' in the first half, to bookings for the most bog standard fouls now? David Coote, ladies and gents."

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