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Why Schalke’s VAR-assisted goal was the most confusing decision of all time

It took almost three minutes for the referee to make his mind up

The handball rule is officially lost on us.

Schalke were gifted their first goal against Man City after VAR awarded them a controversial penalty.

Nicolas Otamendi was adjudged to have deliberately used his hand to block Daniel Caligiuri’s shot in an incident that was referred to the higher powers.


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Handball?

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Handball?

The strike cannoned off the Argentinian’s arm despite his best efforts to throw it behind his back before the contact.

A corner was originally given but play was promptly halted as VAR checked the decision.

It had already been sneakily reviewed by Schalke manager Domenico Tedesco and his coaching staff who were adamant it was a penalty.

You and your mates playing temple run at school

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You and your mates playing temple run at school

Chaos then ensued as both Schalke and City players crowded around to put their respective cases to the referee.

After holding his hand to his ear for almost three minutes, the referee called over both captains – David Silva and Ralf Fahrmann – to explain the decision he was about to give.

“I’ve got some good news and some bad news”

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“I’ve got some good news and some bad news”

The referee pointed to the spot and proceeded to show Otamendi a yellow card for his misdemeanour.

Classing the incident as a case of deliberate handball seems overly harsh to me.

Not only did Otamendi try his best to get his hand out of the way, but Caligiuri’s strike came at him so quick that it was almost impossible for him to prevent the contact.

The City protests fell on deaf ears

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The City protests fell on deaf ears

A friendly reminder of the official definition of a handball

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A friendly reminder of the official definition of a handball

At half-time it was revealed that the referee was intending to check the incident on the pitch-side screen only to find that the technology wasn’t working.

Former Spurs man Nabil Bentaleb stepped up and sent Ederson the wrong way from the spot to pile misery on Pep Guardiola’s side.

We’re all in favour of VAR but when it takes this long to reach such a questionable conclusion it raises serious questions.

You can tell he’s raging inside

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You can tell he’s raging inside

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