Our old friend VAR has been a hot topic of conversation during the Manchester City versus Leeds clash at the Etihad.
Liam Cooper was sent off following a reckless challenge on Gabriel Jesus towards the end of the first half in the early kick-off.
Andre Marriner initially issued a yellow card to Cooper for the foul but after watching the incident back on the VAR screen, upgraded it to red and gave the Leeds captain his marching orders.
But fans have questioned why VAR wasn't used to look at a Raheem Sterling challenge on Raphinha where the City man appears to stamp on the Leeds player's ankle. Sterling wasn't even booked.
Make it make sense.- Franco Martinez (@F__Martinez) April 10, 2021
Picture 1 - looks horrible but the defender has already won and cleared the ball. Plays through the ball and gets the player. Red card.
Picture 2 - Sterling is so late to the challenge the ball is already gone and stamps on Raphina's ankle. No foul. No VAR. pic.twitter.com/AgvB6lsfAP
VAR will bring greater consistency... but Sterling stands on Raphina's ankle and this wasn't a yellow. pic.twitter.com/78JkRXVn5R- Dave Queenan:blue_heart: (@qthenoise) April 10, 2021
Sterling stamps on Raph = play on. Cooper first to the ball = VAR red. Great rule. :clap::clap::clap::clap:- Peter Dickinson (@pete_dicko) April 10, 2021
Nice to know Sterling can be late with a stud-stamping tackle and VAR doesn't even feel the need to review it.- Franco Martinez (@F__Martinez) April 10, 2021
Red card worthy.
@rioferdy5- ben whittaker (@Benjani1991) April 10, 2021
Can you as a ex professional footballer please explain how Sterling is still on the pitch after not winning the ball twice and standing on two Leeds players twice yet cooper has been sent off for winning the ball?
VAR isn't ruining the game. It's the idiots behind. pic.twitter.com/pBuNYq7CJv
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