Published On: Tue, Apr 9th, 2019

Rio Ferdinand SLAMS Man City VAR penalty decision – ‘They don’t understand football!” | Football | Sport

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That’s according to Rio Ferdinand, who’s analysing the game for BT Sport.

Manchester City are up against Tottenham at Spurs new stadium in an important Champions League quarter final clash.

In the first half, a penalty was given via VAR as Spurs’ Danny Rose was judged to have handled the ball in the box.

Raheem Sterling had originally shot the ball but Rose blocked it with his outstretched arm.

City players hadn’t appealed for the penalty but a quick check of the replays by the referee confirmed Tottenham fans’ worst fears.

City striker Sergio Aguero stepped up, however, and missed his spot kick – thanks to Huge Lloris’ excellent save.

But Ferdinand doesn’t think the penalty should have been given in the first place.

“You need people in that box who have played the game,” he said.

“These people do not understand football”

“You need to have the people that understand football if they’re making these decisions.

“That is clear cut to me, it’s not a penalty.”

Luckily for Spurs fans, the decision didn’t affect the game, and let in the second half, Heung-Min Son opened the scoring.

The goal, though, was subject to another VAR check as Son was inches from being offside.

Aguero was substituted late in the game having endured a frustrating evening for City.

Harry Kane was also brought off after Fabian Delph followed through on the striker’s ankle after clearing a loose ball.

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