UCL: Wenger blames VAR for Manchester City’s equalizer against Madrid


By Sedara Philip

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has heaped the blame on the video assistant officials for Manchester City’s equalizer against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

According to the Frenchman, officials at VAR should have checked before approving the goal.

He said that the on-field officials would not have had the tools to check if the ball went out or not.

It was the duty of VAR to properly look at the situation while Real Madrid players were protesting.

Vinicius Junior put the Spanish giants in front earlier in the first half before Kevin de Bruyne equalised for the visitors at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Before De Bruyne scored, the ball appears to have rolled out of touch before the English champions scored their goal

Although Real Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti called for a review, nothing was done.

“The VAR normally should check if the goal is regular or not. In a situation like that they have to intervene,” Wenger said on beIN Sport.

“They did not go far enough back to check if the ball was out or not, or they did not have the potential to check if the ball was out or not.

“I think I would go for the second [option] because normally the VAR cannot check on the side-line, only on the goal-line.”

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