Manchester City write to Mike Riley to highlight three decisions during Liverpool loss

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Earlier this week, Neil Swarbrick rated the implementation of VAR in the Premier League a very generous seven out of 10.

Swarbrick is in charge of VAR and shocked fans with his opinion of the system so far.

That’s because we’ve seen numerous controversial incidents with VAR with stonewall penalties not being given and goals being ruled out because of an armpit or a toe.

Is that really what VAR was brought in for?

On Thursday, there will be a meeting between Premier League chairmen referees’ chief Mike Riley to discuss potential modifications to VAR.

Ahead of the meeting, many clubs have written to Riley to express their concerns.

And following Sunday’s controversy, Manchester City have become the latest club to write to the managing director of the PGMOL.

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According to The Times, City wrote to Riley to ‘highlight several alleged inconsistencies over key decisions in their match at Liverpool.’

In their letter, they firstly highlighted Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sixth-minute handball which led to Fabinho’s goal. Referee Michael Oliver didn’t give the penalty and VAR failed to overrule the decision.


City then mentioned Raheem Sterling’s penalty appeal when he went down in the penalty area under Sadio Mane’s challenge.

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The third incident City referred to was another Alexander-Arnold handball, this time when Sterling played the ball onto the defender’s hand. The decision not to give City a penalty left Pep Guardiola going mad on the touchline before sarcastically thanking Oliver at full-time.

After the match, the City boss constantly said ‘Ask Mike Riley’ when questioned about the aforementioned decisions during City’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in his post-match interview.

And it seems the club very much did ask Riley about the three decisions. The Times claim that Riley replied and “constructive talks” have taken place with the Premier League champions.

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