‘Prime example to get rid of VAR’ moan Newcastle fans as Anthony Gordon shows off gruesome scar after failing to win pen

‘Prime example to get rid of VAR’ moan Newcastle fans as Anthony Gordon shows off gruesome scar after failing to win pen

OUTRAGED Anthony Gordon joined fans in blasting VAR after suffering a “really sore” injury in a huge penalty controversy.

Gordon was left with a nasty heel graze and huge rip in his sock as Sofyan Amrabat floored him in Manchester United’s 3-2 home Premier League win.

Amrabat was unpunished for this challenge on  Gordon
Amrabat was unpunished for this challenge on GordonCredit: Premier League

Sky Sports pundit Wayne Rooney was among viewers insisting it should have been a spot-kick – hours after Prem clubs learned they will vote next month on whether to ditch video replays.

And Gordon went much further afterwards – delivering a scathing verdict.

The winger, who had also fired a brilliant but temporary equaliser, told Sky: “I’ve watched the incident back – it’s a clear penalty.

“I don’t mind the referees getting it wrong on the pitch because it’s a difficult decision – things happen very quickly.


“But I don’t understand what the point of VAR is then because it’s there to correct mistakes.

“He goes down my Achilles and pushed me in the back, then Casemiro comes and gets the ball – but there’s two fouls before that.”

Fans were divided on Gordon’s penalty shout – but one observer claimed the saga was a “prime example to get rid of VAR”.

The English Euro 2024 hopeful snaked through the middle, with Amrabat trailing in his wake before lunging in.

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Gordon reckons Amrabat fouled him TWICE
Gordon reckons Amrabat fouled him TWICECredit: Premier League


Casemiro – converted from midfield to central defence – then tidied up as Gordon slipped over.

Many fans reckon Amrabat DID rake the Toon hero’s heel as he challenged.

VAR is ruining football and must be ditched, says 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst – so would it have ruled out THAT goal?

One posted: “Clear as day penalty. But will never happen at Old Trafford.”

Another wrote: “VAR is once again the star of the show, as Newcastle were denied a penalty after replays showed Amrabat stepping on the back of Gordon.”

A third added: “It was a penalty, not gonna lie.”

And United legend Rooney said: “I think it’s a penalty. Casemiro does well but Amrabat catches him on his heel.”

But other observers argued there was minimal contact – and not enough for a spot-kick.

One posted: “Explain why its a penalty please? Casemiro perfectly tackled him and Amrabat grazed him.”

Another hit back at pro-penalty protestors by saying: “Literally won the ball but you do you.”

Gordon's injury was clear to see
Gordon’s injury was clear to seeCredit: Premier League


Ian Tuckey

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