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'I don’t understand': Pep Guardiola uses Arsenal example in passionate post-match rant

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Another game in the Premier League and another controversy surrounding VAR. Arsenal were hard done by against Burnley at the weekend, and Manchester City were denied a clear penalty against Southampton yesterday.

The lack of consistency really is appalling. We are in the best league in the world and the fact that some of the referees in the VAR hub cannot get simple decisions right is making things really annoying for almost every team in the Premier League.

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Pep Guardiola, despite winning yesterday, was not a happy man. He lashed out at VAR and used the examples of decisions that have gone against Arsenal, Fulham and Man City yesterday in a passionate rant after the game.

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He told Sky Sports: “I don’t understand how Fulham disallowed goal against Tottenham. I don’t understand the hands from Arsenal against Burnley. And another example is the penalty today.

“We won, it’s incredible and happy and everything. But Jon (Moss) cannot see it. But the VAR is there. Don’t listen the penalty is incredible. You know that for a long time, for about four or five years, I never complain about the referees. But this action is really in-cred-ible, in-cred-ible.

“The same with Fulham and Arsenal, with the hands. Maybe, one day, they will explain to us really the rule for all the managers and the players.”

Arsenal Insider’s view:

Guardiola is absolutely spot on. It’s getting to the point where some fans, players and managers want VAR gone, but it’s clearly evident that the problem is not the technology, it’s the people using it.

Eric Pieters clearly handled the ball against Arsenal on Saturday. His arms were away from his body and that’s a penalty all day long – even the folks at BT Sport agreed, which should tell you all you need to know.

The FA have to stand up and take some responsibility ASAP. They just can’t let referees get away with unforgivable errors week in week out, but sadly, it doesn’t look like anything will change any time soon.

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