VAR Decision Ruins Punter's Whopping £45,000 Accumulator Return From A 25p Bet
One punter is furious after the costly VAR decision against Manchester City made him miss out on a whopping £45,000.
The reigning Premier League champions were celebrating after Gabriel Jesus appeared to have scored the winner against Tottenham Hotspur in injury time.
But VAR was called into action and the Brazilian striker's effort was overruled due to the ball coming off of Aymeric Laporte's arm in the build-up.
Sunderland fan Ross took to Twitter to show how costly that decision was for his five-fold accumulator.
The punter had placed 25p on 185,327/1 odds and won his first four bets.
But the Black Cats supporter's bet fell apart when he had 8/1 odds on both teams to score in both halves.
Imagine VAR knocking you out of £45k @SkyBet pic.twitter.com/TIQkM6LOYV
- Ross (@hollows10) August 17, 2019
City scored twice in the first half and Spurs pulled one back before half-time.
And Mauricio Pochettino's men equalised in the second half thanks to Lucas Moura coming off the bench and heading home Spurs' second.
According to Ross, he had completely "forgot" that he had put the bet on and said he couldn't cash out as his "phone was dead."
He said that he only realised that he had placed the bet "until I'd checked a different bet."
I forgot I'd put it on and my phone was dead, wasn't until I'd checked a different bet I saw it either.
- Ross (@hollows10) 18 August 2019
But that hasn't stopped his tweet from attracting the attention of football fans and receiving a mixed reception for losing his bet.
I was gutted at £45
- PeterCFC (@PQCFC) 17 August 2019
Imagine putting 25p on an accumulator
- Chris Doughty (@ChrisDoughty32) 18 August 2019
LOL, unlucky mate! :scream:
- Nick (@nickjohnson1996) 17 August 2019
City were held to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad and it marked the first time they've dropped points at home since last December in their clash with Crystal Palace.
While VAR has divided fans since its introduction to the current Premier League campaign, City boss Pep Guardiola said he would "have to accept" the decision that was made in the match.
He continued: "It's tough because we scored a goal late on. But ask VAR people, not me."
The former Barcelona manager was less forgiving of VAR in his post-match press conference and called for more consistency when it comes to its use.
"Last season it was offside, this time it was handball," he said.
"If it was hands, it was hands. The decision is made in London, so there's nothing I can do or say about it.
"We could do with a little more consistency, though. If that was hands by Aymeric Laporte, why was Fernando Llorente not hands last season?
"There was no penalty when the ball hit Andreas Christensen on the arm when Chelsea played Liverpool in midweek.
"I also thought we should have had a penalty when Erik Lamela fouled Rodrigo in the area.
"The VAR people must have been having a cup of coffee at that moment."
Guardiola was also in the spotlight after an apparent argument with Sergio Aguero when he was taken off in the second half, though the City boss played down the incident in his press conference.
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