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VAR under scrutiny after Fernandes claim

Bruno Fernandes sparks controversy with claim after VAR mistake in Man Utd-Fulham draw

May 18, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Portuguese playmaker made a contrasting admission after being credited with the assist for Edinson Cavani's sensational goal.

Bruno Fernandes has sparked controversy on social media after making a claim contrary to the Premier League's narrative on the role he played before Edinson Cavani's opener against Fulham. The 26-year-old Portuguese attacker was credited with assisting the Uruguayan for his brilliant chip goal but has since revealed that he barely made contact with the ball.

Manchester United were fired in front prior to the half-time break when Fernandes appeared to flick the ball onto Edinson Cavani — who subsequently bagged an audacious long-range chip in front of 10,000 fans inside Old Trafford. However, from the replays shown, it was difficult to tell if the former Sporting CP skipper made contact with the ball to set up his teammate.

What this meant was that the assist was rather supposed to be credited to David de Gea. Had that that been the case, the goal would not have counted as his side's No.7 was in an offside position before receiving the ball. Following a short review by VAR, a blatant error was committed with Cavani's goal standing and Bruno Fernandes being awarded the assist. A second-half header by Joe Bryan, however, denied Manchester United the chance to secure all three points, postponing their confirmation as runners-up until the outcome of the clash between Chelsea and Leicester was known.

In giving his post-match remarks, Bruno Fernandes declared that he felt he didn't get a touch on the ball. He said: "Honestly I didn't feel the touch. The referee said I touched the ball. How it is, I don't care honestly. "I always say the most important goal is the one that hits the net, it doesn't matter who gets the goal or the assist.

Fans have since taken to Twitter to react to the injustice done to Fulham, pointing out the inefficiency of VAR and the poor officiating that has characterized the league for some time. Here are a few:

 


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