Man City robbed of a penalty vs RB Leipzig after VAR ignores handball

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was enraged as his side were denied a late penalty in their 1-1 Champions League draw with RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening. Josko Gvardiol’s header equalised from Riyad Mahrez’s first-half finish, but the visitors felt that they should have had a spot-kick given.

As a cross came in following a corner, a header towards goal appeared to hit Leipzig defender Benjamin Henrichs on the hand as the Manchester City players protested, but no penalty was awarded.

Guardiola continued to disagree with the officials on the side of the pitch and at full-time insisted once again that a penalty should have been awarded. The BT Sport pundits were in full agreement with the Spaniard as ex-City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips was adamant that there was an infringement.

Rio Ferdinand then took a jab at his colleague before admitting that he was correct. “Wrighty said it’s handball, it’s got to be a handball. The ex-Man City player. I need a close up. Shaun’s devastated right now… That’s handball you know. He’s trying to push it away. Watch the City players’ reaction.”

“The City players’ reaction there tells you all you need to know. They all react and they all go towards the referee.” Host Jake Humphrey then confirmed that the broadcaster would clarify with UEFA over whether VAR did indeed look at the controversial call, before claiming that Guardiola was still locked in the dressing room with his players.


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