MARK CLATTENBURG: VAR let down Mike Dean over Fred penalty

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MARK CLATTENBURG: VAR let down Mike Dean over decision to book Fred after going down in the penalty area… I wish he had been advised to take a look at the monitor

  • Fred was booked for diving after a coming together with Nicolas Otamendi 
  • However, replays show that the Brazilian was fouled by the Man City defender 
  • VAR was wrong and Mike Dean should have checked the pitch-side monitor

Manchester United midfielder Fred was booked for diving after a challenge by Nicolas Otamendi in the area.

Referee Mike Dean thought the way he went down was not consistent with any contact.

However, after watching the replays, it was clear Otamendi kicked Fred’s shin. As a result, a penalty should have been awarded. 

Fred was booked for diving after falling under a Nicolas Otamendi challenge on Sunday

Television replays showed that Fred had indeed been fouled but VAR did not overrule it

I wish Dean had been advised to take a look at the monitor at Old Trafford, because I am sure he would have reversed his decision and given the spot-kick.

Instead VAR made the final decision — and it was the wrong one.

VAR got it wrong and I wish Mike Dean had gone over to look at the pitch-side monitor

 


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