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Rodgers hits out at VAR as Leicester falls to City

Brendan Rodgers hits out at VAR as Leicester falls to Man City

February 22, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The former Celtic manager has hit out at the technology for its inefficiency in Saturday's Premier League encounter.

Leicester City head coach Brendan Rodgers has slammed the inconsistency of the Video Assistant Referee following its role in his side's defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. The 47-year-old manager expressed his frustration after witnessing his opponents benefit from a penalty decision while his team had one of such overruled in the first half.

Prior to Gabriel Jesus' eventual winner for City in the 81st minute, Leicester was denied a penalty-kick by VAR after Kevin De Bruyne's arm made contact with Maddison's free-kick in the first half. The technology would then go on to award a controversial penalty to Guardiola's side after Daniel Praet got caught in a similar act in the second-half.

Quite fortuitous for the host, Sergio Aguero's attempt from the spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. However, the turn of event has since been deemed unfair by Brendan Rodgers who has slammed the awful implementation of VAR. He said: "We're disappointed we didn't get a penalty, for me it's so clear. I felt it was the reason VAR was brought in.

"You put your hands up and you stop it and change the flight of the ball, and it's going towards the goal and towards the corner and Kevin De Bruyne stops it.

"For me it's a clear penalty but we didn't get it."

On the penalty awarded against Praet, Rodgers added: "That's the rule. He's obviously gone to block it and his hand's gone up and it's a penalty. We accept that, but you hope you get it for yourself as well and we've had them a few times now - in the cup semi-final and here - where hands are up and Kevin is blocking his face which is probably a natural reaction but his hands are up.

"You look at every other player and their hands are down, and we still didn't get it so it's tough on us. "Both unnatural. He's lifted his arms up, if you look at the reaction of the others in the wall their hands are down and you have to be prepared to take it."

The defeat to Manchester City has seen the point deficit between third-placed Leicester and fourth-placed Chelsea cut to six. On the contrary, the Citizens have established a seven-point lead above the Foxes and are 19 points behind league-leaders Liverpool.


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