VAR controversy: Schalke vs Man City drama as UEFA release statement

A lot to talk about

Schalke vs Manchester City is the Champions League game everyone is talking about but not necessarily about the way each team has played.

That is because there has been an awful lot of drama relating to the Video Assistant Referee.

VAR first debuted in the Champions League last week when Manchester United took on Paris Saint-Germain.

The system was not needed for any big decisions during that game but was under discussion 24 hours later when Real Madrid faced Ajax.

Ajax had a goal disallowed during the clash, which some suggested was harsh, though UEFA’s statement put that to bed,

Many took aim at VAR and questions started to be asked whether the current system was right.

A week later and we’re talking about VAR yet again after a big decision in the game between Schalke and Manchester City.

Penalty or no penalty?

Sergio Aguero put Man City 1-0 up in the 18th minute but the incident in question came when Schalke were awarded a penalty.

Nicolas Otamendi was adjudged to have handballed in the area, a decision that VAR agreed with despite taking nearly three minutes to make their mind up.

Though, many saw the decision as harsh with Otamendi attempting to move his hand out of the way.

Others suggested that the fact that the ball hit in an unnatural position still meant it was a penalty.

With a system that is supposed to cut out any question over a decision and judge ‘clear and obvious errors’, how can there still be so much doubt?

Regardless, Nabil Bentaleb scored the spot kick to make it 1-1, despite the drama surrounding how it was awarded.

When technology fails you

Though, the drama didn’t end there.

It was then pointed out following the penalty that the decision should not have even gone to the VAR team.

As pointed out in UEFA’s official VAR guide, the referee should have reviewed the decision himself on one of the pitchside screens after a recommendation from VAR.

However, that didn’t happen.

Shortly after that made waves on social media, UEFA released a statement explaining that due to a technical error, the referee couldn’t check the decision himself.

Rightly so, many suggested that in the biggest club competition in football, that isn’t good enough.

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By the looks of it, VAR needs a lot of work if it is to be successful in the Champions League.


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