In the 30th minute of tonight’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Southampton, it looked as though Pep Guardiola’s side should’ve been awarded a penalty.
Phil Foden pounced onto the ball after a woeful error from the usually solid Alex McCarthy, whose heavy touch saw the ball run free, the England international stopper then cut down the starlet with a challenge.
20-year-old Foden somehow managed to stay on his feet despite the tough and seemingly unlawful sliding tackle, battling back up before the move eventually played out.
In a disastrous turn of events, VAR was called in to review this for a possible penalty, but found no wrongdoing, Foden has essentially been punished for doing the honourable thing after being fouled.
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Phil Foden stayed on his feet, but should Man City have had a penalty?
VAR said no ? pic.twitter.com/rmIieM9yW8
— Goal (@goal) March 10, 2021
Pictures from DAZN and RMC Sport.
Whilst the end of the season is usually a dreary prospect for football fans, at least we can hope that some much-needed refereeing, ruling and VAR changes are made ahead of next season.