‘Pathetic’: Some fans take aim at VAR for penalty call during Manchester City vs Wolves

‘Pathetic’: Fans take aim at VAR for penalty call during Manchester City vs Wolves‘Pathetic’: Fans take aim at VAR for penalty call during Manchester City vs Wolves

Manchester City vs Wolves

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off is currently playing out at the Etihad Stadium.

Said clash sees Manchester City take on Bruno Lage’s Wolves side. City headed into the game sat top of the Premier League table.

But with Chelsea and Liverpool still hot on their heels and having decent fixtures this weekend, City knew a win was needed to ensure they remained at the PL summit come the conclusion of the weekend.

Wolves, though, were not expected to prove a pushover for Pep Guardiola and co., with Lage’s side having an impressive defensive record ahead of kick-off on Saturday.

And, throughout much of the first 45, Wolves were indeed making the game a pretty scrappy affair – not allowing the Sky Blues to dominate and making it difficult for them to create chances.

However, the tie was turned on its head towards the end of the first 45 when Raul Jimenez was sent off for two stupid decisions in the space of less than a minute.

City then came out and dominated the second half and were eventually awarded the breakthrough when Joao Moutinho was adjudged to have handled the ball following a Bernanrdo Silva cross.

Raheem Sterling stepped up to take the ensuing penalty and scored.

VAR comes under fire

However, it is fair to say that the VAR call to award the penalty after a good few minutes of checking replays has not gone down well at all.

The view on TV quite clearly showed that the ball hit Moutinho’s armpit/body and not his hand.

As a result, fans have taken to social media to express their bemusement at the call, with just some of the reaction shown below:

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 1 24
7 Arsenal FC 15 -4 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
11 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
12 Leicester City 15 -4 19
13 Everton FC 15 -6 18
14 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
15 Leeds United 15 -7 16
16 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5

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