Manchester City booked their spot in the F.A Cup semifinals with a three-two victory more than Championship outfit Swansea on Saturday, but issues may have been distinctive had VAR been in location.
The hosts shocked the Premier League giants just after going two- up, but it took the guests just the final 20 minutes of the game to total a comeback in controversial situations.
Raheem Sterling won a penalty which Sergio Aguero converted just after it bounced off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt’s physique into the net, although the Argentine appeared to have been marginally offside when he grabbed the winner.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes Andre Marriner let Swansea down for finding each calls incorrect, and he slammed the F.A’s choice to use VAR in only major-flight stadia.
“The FA’s choice not to get the Liberty Stadium prepared for VAR in all probability expense Swansea a location in the FA Cup semi-finals,” Clattenburg told Sportsmail.
“Manchester City’s second and third targets ought to not have stood. For the second, a penalty awarded for a foul on Raheem Sterling, the defender clearly got a touch on the ball. Then Sergio Aguero was offside for his winning target. VAR ought to not have been necessary to get these choices suitable.
“Andre Marriner ought to have noticed Sterling was not fouled, and for the offside, the assistant referee ought to have been in line with the second-final defender. The integrity of the FA Cup has been broken by the use of VAR in Premier League stadiums only.”
Manager Pep Guardiola will certainly be glad his side had luck on their side and their quadruple dreams are nonetheless alive.
The Swans, on the other hand, will really feel challenging completed by with the refereeing choices, and it is protected to say they are nonetheless paying the price tag of relegation, highlighted with the lack of VAR in their stadium.