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Mane insults VAR after another controversy

Mane insults VAR after failing to award Liverpool ‘blatant’ penalty vs Newcastle

September 14, 2019 By Ali M.
Many felt the Reds were denied a clear penalty despite the presence of the technology and the Senegalese did not hide his displeasure.

Sadio Mane is not known to be a foul-mouthed player but in Saturday’s clash with Newcastle, the Senegalese star was caught cursing at the Video Assistant Referee.

This Reds attacker’s anger stemmed from a controversial incident during the first half of their showdown with the Magpies. The league leaders hosted Newcastle at Anfield in the early kick-off and after surprisingly going 1-0, the home side saw a penalty shout shockingly denied.

Replay showed that Joel Matip was wrestled down in the box during an attempt to head the ball. Some even went as far as describing it as a headlock on the Cameroonian as he looked certain to find the back of the net. However, this incident was not even reviewed by VAR, leaving many upset.

Mane would go on the score an equalizer shortly afterward before completing his brace in the 40th minute to hand Liverpool the lead. Klopp’s men would go on to win 3-1, with Salah netting a lovely goal to secure all three points but this did not stop everyone from questioning why the incident was not reviewed.

Even Mane, the man who turned things around in Saturday’s game, couldn’t hide is displeasure, hurling a curse at the men behind the screens, as reported by David Maddock of the Mirror.

The explanation for why it was not review was that it was a subjective decision and not a clear mistake, hence the decision. However, many took to Twitter to blast officials for failing to award a “blatant” spot-kick.

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