‘VAR remains a joke’: Peter Schmeichel emphasizes that Manchester United should NOT have been punished against Aston Villa as he leads protests against Jon Moss’s decision
- Manchester United received a controversial penalty against Aston Villa
- Jon Moss pointed to the spot after Fernandes spun around and stood on Konsa’s leg
- After an assessment, Moss stuck to his first decision and United gave the spot kick
- Schmeichel hit Moss before calling VAR as “a joke” because he hadn’t knocked it over
- Jamie Carragher and others agreed with Schmeichel that it was not a penalty
Peter Schmeichel has branded VAR as ‘a joke’ after the boys in Stockley Park have not destroyed Jon Moss’s controversial call to give Manchester United a first half penalty against Aston Villa in the first half.
The incident came when Bruno Fernandes tried to evade an oncoming challenge from Ezri Konsa, but while the Portuguese midfielder turned, he accidentally stepped on the Villaman’s leg before falling to a heap on the floor.
Match official Moss initially pointed to the spot before showing any doubts about the call, which led to a review with VAR.
Peter Schmeichel insists that Manchester United should not have been penalized after reruns in which Bruno Fernandes (right) stood on Ezri Konsa’s (left) leg in the first half
Schmeichel expressed his anger on Twitter, calling VAR’s lack of intervention as ‘a joke’
However, after watching the reruns, Moss remained controversial in the decision, awarding the penalty to the visitors, who sent Fernandes to lead United.
United legend Schmeichel was upset with the decision, claiming that Villa was done completely hard.
The iconic goalkeeper tweeted: “I’m sorry, but that wasn’t a penalty. VAR remains a joke (angry emoji). ‘
Fernandes fell to the ground in a heap that led to Jon Moss to point to the spot
The Villa players protested the decision when Fernandes remained on the floor and held his leg
While Konsa was clumsy at making the challenge, many former professionals sided with Schmeichel, claiming that using VAR in this incident was a farce.
Jamie Carragher answered Schmeichel and said, “Agree with the first part, but remember that VAR is just a repeat of an incident! An official reviewed that and still gives it !!!! ‘
Aston Villa’s official Twitter page also questioned the decision by posting a photo of Fernandes standing on Konsa’s leg.
Former Villa striker Gabby Abonglahor described the decision as “outrageous,” while Ray Parlor simply said, “Never a penalty.”
Despite a VAR rating, Moss stuck to his decision and Fernandes took a step to take the kick
Fernandes celebrates breaking the deadlock for United from the penalty spot in the first half
United duo Roy Keane and Patrice Evra agreed it wasn’t a punishment, but Keane insisted that Konsa be “punished for being clumsy.”
Midway through the break, Evra said, “It’s not a punishment. The defender is a bit clumsy and tries to stop Bruno. Bruno stopped the ball and went with his leg, but it’s too late. ‘
Keane added, “I don’t think it was a penalty, but I can see why the referee gave it, sometimes you have to be punished for being clumsy. Thanks to Fernandes, clever game from him. Maybe he has the momentum in the future, he will get the benefit of the doubt. ‘
Jamie Carragher fully agreed with Schmeichel, as did other former professionals
Mason Greenwood added even more misery to Villa with a sweet hit shot just before half time to double United’s lead.
Sky Sports expert Chris Kamara also shared via Twitter why the VAR did not intervene.
‘To have [sic] time 2-0 Man Utd & a great goal from Mason Greenwood, but again why doesn’t VAR help the referee when he needs it? Kamara said.