VAR surrounds yet another controversy in the Premier League as it allegedly made a poor decision to deny Manchester United a penalty.
Premier League’s VAR implementation has added problems instead of reducing them. In the game between Manchester United Vs Manchester City, VAR surrounds yet another controversy as it allegedly wrongfully denied Manchester United a penalty.
In the 42nd minute of the game, Fred advances inside Manchester City’s 18-yard box, over where Nicolas Otamendi caught making a contact with him which apparently brought Fred down.
Match official Mike Dean perceived it as a dive by the Brazilian midfielder and he penalizes him with a yellow card, but replay showed that Otamendi made a contact and was far away from the ball, which could have been given as a penalty.
But ironically, Fred was charged in the end. Dean can be given a benefit of doubt as the contact probably was not clear from his position, hence ended up in misjudgement.
But at the same time, VAR had all the resources to overturn the decision and award a penalty to Manchester United, as social media assert this point amidst the match.
Certainly, the penalty would have been a major boost to Manchester United, as it could have helped them cementing the tie against the local rivals at the Old Trafford.
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Should #MUFC have had a penalty?
🎙️ “It wasn’t a dive. It certainly wasn’t a yellow card.”
Fred is booked for diving but there was contact from Otamendi! 🟨
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 8, 2020
Fred yellow card here. outrageous pic.twitter.com/FtxBvPFqmY
— Martial FC ❄️ (@ColdMartial) March 8, 2020
Bruno Fernandes is highly clinical when it comes to penalties and most probably would have deceived Ederson. Nevertheless, the Red Devils are still ahead at the moment after Anthony Martial scored the opening goal while combining with Fernandes in a set-piece.
— Akshat Sood (@sood_akshat) March 8, 2020
Can’t believe we have VAR and they haven’t overturned the decision to book Fred for a dive here. Otamendi clearly kicks him. Insane. pic.twitter.com/cRSeB0XONn
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) March 8, 2020
Manchester City risked playing their arch-rivals with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez and so far the gamble is not working in their favour, with few minutes still to go, let’s see what lies ahead in the game.