Man City star Georgia Stanway targeted by ‘offensive messages’ after red card in WSL Manchester derby
Georgia Stanway reveals she has been ‘subjected to all sorts of abusive messages’ after a red card challenge in the WSL Manchester derby, as City star apologizes, insisting ‘there was absolutely no intent’
Manchester City striker Georgia Stanway apologized for being sent off from the Women Super League Manchester derby on Saturday, but revealed she was exposed to “offensive posts” on social media after the incident.
The 22-year-old was shown a straight red line in the 35th minute of the game for a nasty foul on Leah Galton.
While Galton controlled the ball with her left foot and appeared to jump past Stanway, the England international misdirected her challenge and planted her studs on the United forward’s thigh.
Man City’s Georgia Stanway (center) red carded after challenging Leah Galton
Stanways apologized on Twitter on Sunday after turning away the derby
Referee Rebecca Welch had no choice but to give the 2019 PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year her marching orders.
On Sunday morning, Stanway apologized for being turned away, but insisted that her red card did not justify the kind of “insulting messages” she received on social media.
“I would like to apologize for sending you away from yesterday’s Manchester Derby,” she wrote in a note saying… posted on her Twitter account.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate and competitive. There was absolutely no set up in the game and I’m glad Leah was okay and was able to get on with the game.
The City star planted her studs on Galton’s (right) leg and left referee Rebecca Welch no choice
Stanway completely mistimed her challenge and the result was a nasty clash with Galton
Stanway said she was relieved that Galton managed to keep playing after the challenge
“Huge thanks to my Man City team-mates for the support and effort to secure a point. And to both sets of fans for creating an incredible atmosphere.
“I made a mistake and I hope everyone can accept my apology, but I shouldn’t log onto social media and expose myself to all kinds of abusive messages – remember we are all human and mistakes can happen.”
Despite the red card from Stanway, City took the lead shortly before half-time via a header from Khadija Shaw.
United struck back in the second half, when substitute Lucy Staniforth tied the score in the 72nd minute, before Alessia Russo put them 2-1 just three minutes later.
City eventually took a draw thanks to Ellen White’s goal, but remain ninth in the ranking, eight points behind leaders Arsenal.