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‘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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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
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Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
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