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Bruno Fernandes Jump Penalty Technique Branded 'Not Fair' And 'Should Be Banned'

Ryan Sidle

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Bruno Fernandes Jump Penalty Technique Branded 'Not Fair' And 'Should Be Banned'

Bruno Fernandes shouldn't be allowed to do his jumping penalty technique, according to Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright, with the former Arsenal striker calling for a ban.


There was controversy at Old Trafford on Saturday night as Fernandes' goal from the spot was the only thing that separated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side and West Brom.

The visitors were unlucky not to win their own penalty when Conor Gallagher was brought down by Fernandes in the 46th minute. Referee David Coote pointed to the spot but after looking at the incident again he changed his mind, much to the bemusement of many.

Just seven minutes later the hosts had their own penalty awarded when Darnell Furlong was adjudged to have handled Juan Mata's cross.

Coote over turns his penalty decision after looking at the screen. Image: PA Images
Coote over turns his penalty decision after looking at the screen. Image: PA Images

Fernandes' first attempt was saved by the in form Sam Johnstone but a retake was awarded when it was spotted by VAR that the former United academy graduate was off his line.

The former Sporting man did score the retake, using his very recognisable jumping run up technique and, speaking on Match of the Day, Wright said it was 'unfair' on goalkeepers.

"It is [difficult for goalkeepers]," the Arsenal legend said, "And then you've got forwards jumping up, doing this, doing that sort of stuff and the goalie can't move his foot off.

"They should stop people jumping and that, they should have to make a full... just run at the ball and hit it. If they can move and the goalies can't, that's not fair."

The 26-year-old has had an incredible knack of scoring from the spot since moving to Old Trafford in January, converting 12 penalties in all competitions.

However he has had some luck this season, he missed against Newcastle in October, using his usual jump technique, and also failed to score against PSG. In the game against the French side he was saved, as on Saturday night, because Keylor Navas was off his line, before scoring the retake.

Following the match the former Sampdoria midfielder answered critics who claim he only scores from the spot.

On the decision to overrule the West Brom penalty, former United centre back Rio Ferdinand was fuming, telling BT Sport, "It's a disgraceful decision. The more you look at it, the more it's a penalty.

"That was so clear. That is not what VAR is for."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Bruno Fernandes, Football News, Match of the Day, Chelsea, Manchester United, Ian Wright, Premier League, West Brom

Ryan Sidle
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