Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola united in condemnation of VAR

Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola united in condemnation of ‘staggering’ and ‘weird’ VAR after Man City are given penalty for handball while Leicester are denied one for a similar incident on a frustrating night

  • Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola were both furious with VAR on Saturday
  • Leicester were not given a penalty, despite Kevin de Bruyne clearly handling
  • Manchester City were given one though, for a similar offence as the Belgian
  • Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score the winner for City at the King Power 

Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola were united in condemnation of VAR on Saturday night after more controversy at The King Power.

Rodgers fumed at a lack of consistency that saw Manchester City given a penalty for handball but Leicester denied one for an identical incident involving Kevin de Bruyne.

He called the current situation ‘staggering’ while Guardiola described some of some of this season’s decisions as ‘weird’.

Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola were both furious with decision by VAR on Saturday

There were three flashpoints in Manchester City’s 1-0 win. De Bruyne was not penalised for blocking James Maddison’s free-kick with his hand but Dennis Praet did concede a spot-kick, missed by Sergio Aguero, when he jumped in the way of Ilkay Gundogan’s shot.

In addition, Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson escaped after his punch caught Kelechi Iheanacho in the head, leaving the Leicester striker groggy and unable to reappear for the second half.

‘We should have had a penalty against De Bruyne, absolutely clear,’ said Rodgers. ‘Theirs was a penalty as well, we accept that, but it’s this consistency we are looking for.

‘One of the reasons VAR was brought in was to give the advantage to the guy taking the free-kick. Kevin had his arm up. It’s hitting the target.’

Leicester were denied a penalty despite the ball clearly striking Kevin de Bruyne’s arms

Manchester City were awarded a penalty by VAR after Ilkay Gundogan’s shot hit Dennis Praet

Leicester stopper Kasper Schmeichel saved Sergio Aguero’s spot kick just after the hour mark

Rodgers also criticised Stockley Park’s decision earlier to admit a mistake in not sending off Tottenham’s Giovanni Lo Celso’s whilst their game against Chelsea was still in progress.

‘It’s a bit worrying if it comes out during the match. That is not the time. I heard the apology driving in to our game which I find staggering,’ said Rodgers.

On Iheanacho, he added: ‘I haven’t seen a replay but the guys tell me he was caught in the throat.’

Whilst Guardiola was the beneficiary on Saturday, he admitted VAR was generally not working as it should. ‘Maybe they can learn how it can be better,’ he said.

‘The game against Chelsea. Harry Maguire was not sent off. Then Son is sent off for Spurs (for the same offence of kicking out). It is weird.’

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