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Wolves opener against Man City proves that we need VAR in the Premier League

Willy Boly's goal against City clearly hit his arm before nestling into the back of the net

If we’re honest, we’ve been really looking forward to Wolves’ clash with Man City.

The winners of the Championship up against the Premier League holders certainly had all the makings of a great game, and it certainly hasn’t disappointed.


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In the first-half, Wolves certainly held their own against Pep Guardiola’s side, with forwards Helder Costa and Raul Jimenez making the most of Vincent Kompany’s scatter-brain performance in defence to cause all kinds of mayhem.

And at the other end, Rui Patricio needed to be at his very best to keep Raheem Sterling’s long-range shot out.

This one had goals in it, that’s for sure.

In the end, we got one. And it was for Wolves. 

Just before the hour-mark, the home side had a good chance from a corner, which they worked well down the left flank to Joao Moutinho, who eventually managed to curl a lovely cross towards the far post.

The ball into the box had goal written all over it, with Willy Boly able to dive and flick his shot into the right-hand corner with his head.




But wait, hold on.

Watching the replays, it seems the ball merely grazed the top of Boly’s head and made contact with his arm before heading into the back of the net.

No one spotted it; not the ref, or even any of the City players. But if there was VAR in the Premier League, there’d be no goal.




We’re sure this is a debate that will roar on as the season goes on.

Plenty of fans and experts believed VAR was – for the most part – a big success at the World Cup over the summer, and it’s surely only a matter of time before it’s introduced to all of the major leagues in Europe.

In the meantime, here’s what Twitter thought:

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