Adrian Durham insists he wouldn’t blame Phil Foden if he had been to dive to try to win a penalty after Manchester City had been controversially denied a spot kick of their 5-2 win towards Southampton.
Referee Jon Moss didn’t level to the spot after Foden gave the impression to be taken down by Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and VAR didn’t intervene in an eventful recreation on the Etihad Stadium.
City in the end gained convincingly to increase their lead on the high of the Premier League to 14 factors with each Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne scoring twice.
But it was the contentious penalty incident, which occurred with the rating at 1-1, which remained the primary speaking level.
talkSPORT presenter Durham mentioned the incident alongside Drivetime host Darren Gough and praised the England worldwide for staying on his toes.
Nevertheless, he believes the 20-year-old could be inside his rights to go to floor with a view to get a penalty from officers.
“There’s undoubtedly contact, undoubtedly,” Durham mentioned. “And truly, you elevate level.
“Having mentioned that, if Phil Foden then does dive, I wouldn’t blame him. You think about what’s working by his head now.
“He’s pondering, ‘It was tight at that time; Southampton had performed nicely at that time, they weren’t give the penalty.’
“So ought to he have gone down and stayed down?”
Alex McCarthy went in toes first on Foden and appeared to catch him on the ankle after the City midfielder had pounced on a mistake by the keeper.
Pep Guardiola referred to as for officers to clarify ‘what’s going on’ after the calamitous affair on the Etihad, earlier than praising the honesty of the midfielder.
But Durham feels as if the difficulty might not be restricted to only the Premier League, itemizing examples from Spain and Germany the place VAR had didn’t fulfil the function soccer officers promised when it was launched.
“It’s not that these explicit officers are a load of garbage, we now have seen numerous incidents – just like the Madrid derby on the weekend – there was a VAR drawback,” he added.
“I wasn’t significantly impressed with the VAR within the Dortmund recreation towards Sevilla. There may be all kinds of points; we now have this view on this nation that that is the one nation that has an issue with VAR.
“It’s not true. By slowing the Phil Foden incident down, by watching it over and over and over and looking for one thing and in case you discover the slightest factor that’s misinterpreted.
“Phil Foden mainly kicks the ball onto McCarthy, in order that makes the VAR assume, ‘Oh McCarthy has received a contact, due to this fact it’s not the penalty.’
“Simply use widespread sense! Have have a look at it – as soon as, perhaps twice – and whether it is fairly velar and apparent then give the right choice. Is that not the way in which they need to be doing it?”