Controversy was sparked in the 21st minute of this evening’s Champions League tie between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Red Devils midfielder Fred clearly head-butted his PSG counterpart Leandro Paredes, which sparked a massive huddle involving both sets of players surrounding the referee.
Daniele Orsato actually went over to the sideline to use the pitch-side monitor to review the incident, but the Italian shockingly deemed that Fred’s actions only warranted a yellow card in a lucky escape.
It looks as though Fred is a very lucky boy ?
He appeared to move his head towards Paredes off the ball, the referee took a closer look, and gave a yellow card ??
Already down a goal, that was a close call for Man Utd… pic.twitter.com/4c2JvDhxGO
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 2, 2020
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We’ve become used to these kind of poor decision in the Premier League but it’s quite worrying to see that one’s been made in a high-profile Champions League tie now.
United have coincidentally found themselves on the right side of another VAR decision, just weeks after they benefitted from some madness against West Brom.