Aston Villa duo Douglas Luiz and Emi Martinez took to social media to express their frustrations over the penalty decision which saw them miss a possible point against Manchester United on Friday.
The two teams were tied 1-1 when Paul Pogba fell into the box under pressure from midfielder Douglas Luiz, who looked absolutely furious when referee Michael Oliver pointed the finger at the spot.
Villa players argued that Pogba had in fact tripped, but the decision went to VAR and was confirmed without much delay, and Bruno Fernandes stepped up to score what turned out to be the winning goal.
Other reruns showed Pogba’s foot brushing Luiz before colliding with the back of his own leg, but the Villa man had none of it.
“I see this video, I can’t believe it was a penalty,” he said on Twitter, next to the footage of the incident. “I always support fairer football, with fewer mistakes, but then I stop and see those types of moves.
“If we have VAR to help you, let’s start using it CORRECTLY, these mistakes can define the future of clubs!”
Luiz then added a replay from another angle to give the Premier League a “clearer view” of the incident, before retweeting another video that appeared to show Pogba urging Luke Shaw to come down to earn a penalty earlier in the game. match.
Goalkeeper Martinez also had fun, assignment his own highlight video with the sarcastic caption “game highlight”.
It was yet another incident that made fans question the use of the VAR, and Villa boss Dean Smith insisted referee Oliver should have been asked to view the footage on the instructor for better information before making a decision.
“They got what I thought was a penalty at the time – I thought Douglas Luiz was too tight – but after seeing it it looks like he tripped,” Smith told Sky Sports. “For me, Michael Oliver should be sent to the monitor. That’s what VAR is for. If in doubt, go for it.
“At the time, I had no doubt it was a penalty. But Pogba got tripped up there. Seeing him again, I don’t think it’s a penalty. ”
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