May 15, 2021

Man Utd


Referee’s body explains Cavani Manchester United VAR goal decision

2 min read

The Professional Game Match Officials Board has issued an explanation behind the decision to disallow Manchester United’s first-half goal against Tottenham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appeared to have taken the lead when Edinson Cavani latched onto Paul Pogba’s smart ball through the Spurs defence, dispatching a cool finish between the legs of Hugo Lloris.

However, Scott McTominay had caught Son Heung-Min with a trailing arm in the build-up to the goal and, following a review from VAR, the goal was disallowed by referee Chris Kavanagh.

That call has led to bemusement among fans and pundits alike, with the decision being heavily questioned by Sky Sports’ punditry team at half-time.

However, the PGMOL issued an explanation on the decision to disallow the goal in an attempt to provide clarity on the reasons behind the controversial call.

“It wasn’t part of McTominay’s natural running movement and it was careless,” Sky Sports host Dave Jones read out during half-time of the coverage.

That explanation didn’t settle the frustrations of Sky’s trio of pundits Roy Keane, Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp, all of whom disagreed with the on-field decision.

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“I’m amazed, really, I have to say. If that’s a foul, we should all go home, it’s really bizarre,” former United captain Keane stated.

“For a player like Son, to roll around like that, it’s embarrassing. Cavani’s movement is fantastic. That cannot be a foul, it’s not just Son – to be fair, Rashford did it 10 minutes earlier, both centre-forwards rolling around screaming.

“The referee is under huge pressure, they’re doubting every decision they make now. I think he’s got this wrong.”

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