THIS weekend’s EPL ‘’star match of the week’’ ended with loud boos inside the Etihad stadium as Manchester City was denied a crucial late goal against Tottenham through the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee – VAR.
Gabriel Jesus waved and danced in front of City’s jubilant fans, unaware the on-field referee had been told the goal was under review.
VAR, which is being introduced to the English Premier League this season, ruled the ball reached Jesus off the arm of Aymeric Laporte as the City defender stretched to head it.
Newly implemented rules say a foul should be awarded if a goal is scored from an accidental handball.
The goal was disallowed, meaning the defending champions dropped two points as the match finished 2-2.
It would be recalled that, four months ago, almost the exact same thing happened to City when Spurs visited for a Champions League match. On that occasion, Raheem Sterling had a goal disallowed for offside by VAR in the third minute of injury time, denying City a place in the semifinals.
“I thought we left that situation against Tottenham in the Champions League last season. But it is the same,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.
“The referee and VAR disallow it. It’s the second time, it’s tough. It’s honestly tough.”
City took the lead twice in the first half, through Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura, who netted 14 seconds after he entered the field as a substitute scored Spurs’ goals.
The result leaves City two points behind Liverpool and Arsenal, two of the teams expected to be the champions’ biggest rival for the title this season.