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Fernandinho Says 'F**K VAR' After Manchester City Are Knocked Out Of Champions League

Fernandinho Says 'F**K VAR' After Manchester City Are Knocked Out Of Champions League

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho did not want to stop for a chat in the Etihad Stadium mixed zone after his side were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham, but two words was enough to gauge the type of mood he was in.

The Blues won 4-3 on the night but went out on the away goals rule - with the use of VAR was at the centre of the dramatic quarter final second leg.

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Fernando Llorente, on as a substitute for the injured Moussa Sissoko in the first half, scored the decisive goal when he bundled home Christian Eriksen's corner in the 73rd minute.

The ball came off the Spaniard's arm before it hit his hip and went in past Ederson but Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir went to the VAR screen and after a long wait, elected to award the goal.

City thought they had clinched a famous victory late on when Raheem Sterling put the ball in the net for the third time in the match, but VAR ruled that Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up and City fans, players and Pep Guardiola had the life sucked out of them.

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Simon Mullock, Chief Football Writer at the Sunday Mirror, asked the Brazilian midfielder for a word as he passed through the mixed zone and he simply said: "Fuck VAR".

Fernandinho, who was lucky not to be sent off in the first leg quarter final after elbowing Harry Kane, was clearly in no mood for an in-depth summary of the game.

And the former Shakhtar man's emotions continued to run high as he was later spotted slamming a door on his way out of the ground.

City boss Guardiola had no problem with the correct VAR decision that overturned what City thought was their stoppage time winner but did note that one angle not used by the referee showed the ball striking Llorente's arm for his goal.

"I support VAR but maybe from one angle Fernando Llorente's goal is handball, maybe from the referee's angle it is not," Guardiola said, as per The Guardian.

"I am for fair football, for fair decisions. The referees must be helped sometimes. When it is offside, it is offside. What can I say?"

Meanwhile Tottenham fans, understandably, had a good old time singing "VAR my Lord VAR" in the away end after the technology helped them reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history.

Topics: Manchester City, Spurs, Football News, Fernando Llorente, Sergio Aguero, Tottenham Hotspur, Football, referee, Fernandinho, Champions League, VAR

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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