City did not merit penalty break, says Guardiola

Sports | 9 Nov 2018

Manchester City needed no help to swat aside Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 to move to the brink of the Champions League last 16, but even so they had the boost of a farcical penalty award that even led to manager Pep Guardiola calling for the introduction of a video assistant referee.

Referee Viktor Kassai pointed to the spot when Raheem Sterling tripped himself as he bore down on goal with City leading 1-0 on a David Silva goal.

Not a penalty, Guardiola said, adding: "VAR doesn't exist in Uefa, so that is the problem."

Despite controversial calls, the use of video referees was largely deemed successful at the World Cup in Russia and will be introduced in the Champions League next season.

But Guardiola, in the stands as punishment for protesting a City goal being wrongly ruled out in a quarter-final elimination to Liverpool last season, called for VAR to be used immediately. "The referee must be helped by the technology," he said.

Sterling was also apologetic about the penalty. "I went to chip the ball and don't know what happened," said the England striker. "I didn't feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref."


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