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​Man City star De Bruyne slams West Brom's McClean for dirty tackles

Manchester City midfield star Kevin de Bruyne is not happy about some of the tackles he and his teammate have been subjected to in recent weeks.

De Bruyne believes that player safety is a serious issue in English football, with a number of x-rated challenges coming the way of City players from the opposition.

The likes of James McClean have been responsible for some nasty challenges, which look like an attempt to hurt City players. De Bruyne spoke on the matter.

"I didn't know what the tackle was like that until I saw it back on the tape," said the Belgium international. "Let's just say the ball was not in the neighbourhood!

"The referee said to me he didn't touch me good enough to get the red card but obviously I told him, 'I saw the guy, I was jumping'.

"I'm in the middle, there's a lot of times we get the ball and make a stride. Teams get frustrated.

"I don't know what they are thinking – but you can also pull a shirt, that's more effective than a tackle.

"Sometimes it gets frustrating for us. A lot of teams are making a lot of fouls against us. But it seems when we make a foul, we get a yellow card – I don't know how it's possible sometimes. I know sometimes there are tactical fouls but it's just the way it is."

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