VAR took centre stage as soon as extra on Thursday night time when a controversial first-half penalty was awarded to Manchester United of their Premier League encounter at Aston Villa.
Bruno Fernandes was concerned within the recreation’s main speaking level at Villa Park, with the Portuguese profitable a delicate spot-kick – which he then transformed – after treading on Ezri Konsa’s leg on the sting of the realm earlier than hitting the deck.
In profitable the penalty United made it 13 spot-kicks for the 2019/20 Premier League season, equalling the file held by Leicester in 2015-16 and Crystal Palace in 2004-05.
The Purple Devils have been in a position to construct on that early momentum with an excellent end by Mason Greenwood doubling their benefit earlier than the interval.
Paul Pogba added a 3rd for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males within the second half as they ran out convincing 3-Zero winners and prolong their unbeaten run to 17 video games.
Nevertheless, the large speaking level was the penalty resolution, and it was a name that left many bewildered, particularly because it appeared as if Fernandes had dedicated a foul on Konsa, versus the opposite approach spherical.
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel expressed his disbelief on Twitter writing: “I’m sorry, however that was not a penalty. VAR continues to be a joke.
“What’s the level of VAR when it doesn’t right a transparent and apparent refereeing mistake like that?”
Liverpool favorite Jamie Carragher responded to Schmeichel’s preliminary tweet, showing to defend the video assistant referee and suggesting the official was at fault – having rewatched the incident.
“Agree with the primary bit,” he wrote, “however don’t neglect VAR is only a replay of an incident! An official watched that once more & nonetheless give it!!!!”
The retired shot stopper responded: “So saying that, what number of occasions has a penalty given been reversed by the VAR referee/official?”
Villa have been equally baffled by the choice, tweeting the beneath image which clearly exhibits Fernandes standing on the defender’s foot.
Some actual sass from the Midlands outfit there – and who can blame them?
The extra urgent query is when will this continued uncertainty with VAR come to an finish?