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VAR in the dock as Man Utd down Villa, Spurs frustrated

Published on: 10:27 am - Saturday | July 11, 2020


Manchester United were given a controversial helping hand by VAR in their 3-0 win at Aston Villa, while Tottenham suffered fresh frustration at the hands of the review system in their 0-0 draw at Bournemouth on Thursday.

United were far too strong for lowly Villa, but their opening goal came from a dubious penalty that left the hosts fuming.

In the 27th minute, United midfielder Bruno Fernandes spun into Ezri Konsa before tumbling in the area despite little evidence of a foul by the Villa defender.

The penalty stood after a VAR review and Fernandes slotted home his eighth goal since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January.

“It all changed on the penalty decision. Fernandes’ first touch is on the ball, his second touch is on Konsa’s shin,” Villa manager Dean Smith said.

“I can understand (referee) Jon (Moss) getting it wrong but if that goes to VAR I don’t know what they are looking at. It’s a disgraceful decision.”