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Pep Guardiola Slams 'Incredible' Decisions as VAR Denies Man City Win Over Spurs
90min
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:36

Pep Guardiola Slams 'Incredible' Decisions as VAR Denies Man City Win Over Spurs

90min
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:36

Pep Guardiola Slams 'Incredible' Decisions as VAR Denies Man City Win Over Spurs
Manchester City manager ​Pep Guardiola has described the decision to deny his side a penalty as "incredible", and the Spaniard believes that the powers-that-be "have to fix" VAR in the aftermath of the Citizens 2-2 draw with Spurs on Saturday evening. 
The Man City boss was left exasperated by the decision to refuse his team a penalty when midfielder Rodri appeared to be wrestled to the ground by Spurs attacker Erik Lamela.
His frustration was intensified by referee Michael Olivers decision to chalk-off a last-gasp winner over an apparent handball committed by Aymeric Laporte before Gabriel Jesus lashed home. 
The handball law gets sillier and sillier and made sillier by VAR.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 17, 2019
Speaking to ​Sky Sports after the match, Guardiola lamented his sides fortunes following a similar incident which occurred in the Champions League between ​Man City and Tottenham last season. 
"I thought we left that situation in ​Tottenham in the Champions League last season.," he said. "But it is the same. The referee and VAR disallow it. Its the second time [its happened] - its tough. Its honestly tough but its the way it is.
The handball law is no longer fit for purpose

— Luke Aaron Moore (@lukeaaronmoore) August 17, 2019
"It was incredible it wasnt a penalty in the first half [for the foul on Rodri in the box] but VAR said it wasnt and then at the end they did. Im pretty sure people were happy today, we just need to work harder at scoring our chances."
Guardiolas agony was the polar opposite to Mauricio Pochettinos ecstasy, as the Argentine boss declared his deep affection for the new technology in place. 
"I am in love with VAR. I wasnt agreeing with it from the beginning when we started talking about it, but sometimes you get the benefit like today or in the Champions League."
The introduction of VAR was aiming to reduce the number of contentious decisions during matches, but it appears the technology is a long way off eradicating controversy from our ever-changing game.