VAR’s Phil Foden incident against Southampton that did not lead to a penalty urges players to be “dishonest” in line with former Man City player Shaun Goater.
City midfielder Foden was caught on his ankle after being tackled first by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy within the Premier League leaders’ 5-2 victory over Southampton at Etihad Stadium.
Referee Jon Moss gave nothing as Foden scrambled back to his feet in an try to score however the possibilities had disappeared and City have been unbelievable that VAR did not intervene.
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The occasion occurred with a 1-1 score and, though City improved to convincing wins and prolonged their lead on the top of the table to 14 points, the principle speaking point remained.
“It is all a joke now to me,” Goater advised AU information company. “You need players to be trustworthy and you suppose referees would need players to be trustworthy – and Phil was being trustworthy.
“He was fouled and tried to stay on his feet and get better the ball. All of it occurred so fast and he thought if he might get to the ball he might faucet it into goal.
“However when attempting to stay on his feet the referee and VAR have principally said no penalty. It is just loopy.
“If I am a player watching that immediately, I make positive I am going down, though it isn’t the strongest challenge. So I am now beginning to play and be dishonest.
“I am positive players will likely be watching and considering, ‘Why stay on my feet now? ”
It was the newest of a number of refereeing debates this season and got here after Southampton awarded a penalty in the identical sport for a much less apparent foul when Aymeric Laporte was blocked by Jannik Vestergaard.
Goater, 51, who scored 103 goals for City between 1998 and 2003, feels that utilizing VAR has introduced a further level of confusion to the sport.
He said: “The Southampton penalty, he feels the hand on the shoulder and he will get over it. I look and I say that is a penalty as a result of for any sort of contact today they impose penalties. How they do not give Phil, I do not know.
“We are actually confused. There isn’t a consistency. It makes you fall out of affection with this stunning sport. We have gone down this highway however I feel we’re in a useless end.
“It is like we have to make a u-turn and make some changes, re-calibrate the sat nav. It’s totally unusual the place we’re. ”
A Saints’ twenty fifth minute penalty allowed James Ward-Prowse to cancel opener Kevin De Bruyne.
After their penalty shootout, City regained the lead with Riyad Mahrez’s sensible strike earlier than the Algerian hit the post and hit Ilkay Gundogan within the rebound. Mahrez and De Bruyne struck once more within the second half both side of Che Adams’ comfort.
The outcome was City, who now have 9 video games remaining, coming back to winning methods after last weekend’s derby loss to Manchester United.
Foden said: “We’re so close proper now however we have to hold taking it sport by sport and placing points on the table.”
Though his side have been well overwhelmed within the end, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl felt his side could possibly be happy with a constructive performance.
Hasenhuttl said: “Pep (Guardiola) advised me that not many teams come right here and play football like we did.
“We did not get something for it however I like this sport greater than parking the bus and nonetheless shedding. It is a greater approach for us to compete, so long as we do it proper. ”