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'Bizarre' and 'disgraceful': Fans react to penalty drama as VAR saves Man City vs Southampton
19/09/2021 12:34:25

Manchester City were on Saturday held by Southampton in the Premier League, but it could have been much worse.

The champions were handed a lifeline by VAR, who overruled referee Jonathan Moss' on-pitch decision to hand Southampton a penalty and send off Kyle Walker in a dramatic few minutes at the Etihad.

The incident occurred in the second half with the score still at 0-0, handing Ralph Hassenhuttl's side a brilliant chance to take the lead against City, with Walker was caught on the wrong side of Saints striker Adam Armstrong, who looked set to bear down on Ederson's goal.

Moss immediately ruled for a penalty until VAR deemed it an incorrect decision. As a result, Walker's red card was also overturned.

City have struggled to get going in the fixture, despite encouraging individual performances from the likes of Jack Grealish, and eventually had to settle for a point.

City fans and football pundits have expressed their opinions on social media about the surprising lifeline, considering the growing agency referees have had in making on-pitch decisions without the interference of VAR this season.

City went closest to a winner in the closing states, with a Phil Foden effort ruled out for offside.

Pep Guardiola's side may find their toughest test of the Premier League season next week, as they prepare to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a club that has had his number since Thomas Tuchel's arrival.

The fixture is growingly becoming a must-win as City strive to keep pace with their fellow title challengers.

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