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.
Raul Jimenez with a moment of madness in first-half stoppage time 😬
One of the most avoidable red cards you will see…
48 seconds between his first and second yellow! pic.twitter.com/VEA1Ym2rHN
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 11, 2021
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:
The VAR watched that replay at least ten times and still made the wrong decision. The problem is not the system; it’s the people.
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) December 11, 2021
Honestly tho, that ain’t a pen. How do you have VAR and still give it as a pen?😭
— Anirudh (@AgueroChapter) December 11, 2021
The position of his arm is irrelevant if it doesn’t hit his arm Mike.
John Miss gave it, but do 2 VAR officials back up the decisions is even more baffling. https://t.co/WZ6jk0qJTb
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) December 11, 2021
HOW is this a penalty!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/xOZadh6bw4
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) December 11, 2021
Are we blind or does that just clearly hit his armpit and rib cage?
How is that a penalty after looking at it from VAR?
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) December 11, 2021
Tell you what, if that was the other way around, that penalty is definitely getting overturned isn’t it?
Where’s the consistency in these VAR reviews? Pathetic #MCIWOL
— Adam Jones (@Adam_Jones94) December 11, 2021
JOKE of a penalty call. Ball hit Moutinho in side. Even if it didn’t it’s his armpit. What a joke. VAR is useless. Let refs screw it up on their own. Adding extra layer of human fuckery just to arrive at equally bad call? No thx. City shouldn’t need help vs 10-man Wolves. pic.twitter.com/3iCZhYlJPS
— Sam’s Army Podcast (@samsarmy) December 11, 2021
VAR biggest joke going since covid. Pathetic decision.
— Jord (@Jordgoesagain) December 11, 2021
Bro VAR is PATHETIC.
— Stephen (@Itz_Steviiee) December 11, 2021
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