Manchester City penalty against Shakhtar highlights need for VAR | Paul Wilson

Whatever the objections, technology cannot be worse than getting things as hideously wrong as was the case at the Etihad

The first thing to say about the Raheem Sterling ‘penalty’ incident that caused so much amusement and embarrassment in Manchester City’s 6-0 rout of Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad is that Viktor Kassai, the Hungarian referee who immediately pointed to the spot, was directly behind the chasing defender and probably thought a foul had been committed.

The second thing to say is that his two assistants in that part of the field, the linesman and the extra guy behind the goal-line, had no such excuse. All three are radio linked and can communicate with each other, and for a mini-committee of officials to ratify such a bizarrely incorrect decision was mystifying and shaming.

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