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'Prime example to get rid of VAR' moan Newcastle fans as Gordon shows off scar


ANTHONY GORDON joined fans in lasting VAR after suffering a nasty injury in the latest penalty controversy.

Gordon was left with a huge rip in his shock as he was floored by Sofyan Amrabat during Manchester United’s 3-2 Premier League win at Old Trafford.

Anthony Gordon was left with a ripped sock and nasty injury


Anthony Gordon was left with a ripped sock and nasty injuryCredit: Premier League
Sofyan Amrabat escaped unpunished for this challenge on Anthony Gordon


Sofyan Amrabat escaped unpunished for this challenge on Anthony GordonCredit: Premier League

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

Winger Gordon revealed his ankle was “really sore” and a fitness worry – before lashing into VAR.

He told Sky: “I’ve wantched 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 then pushesd me in the back, then Casemiro comes and gets the ball – but there’s two fouls before that.”

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

The English Euro 2024 hopeful snaked through the middle, with Casemiro doing well to impede his progress.

But some viewers reckon Amrabat caught Gordon’s heel as he challenged.

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 many viewers argued there was minimal contact – and not enough for a spot-ick.

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

Another told pro-penalty protestors: “Literally won the ball but you do you.”

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