Guardiola bemoans tough VAR decision after City are denied a late winner

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola was left frustrated by VAR after the video decision system which has been described as controversial denied his side victory against Tottenham for the second time in four months on Saturday.

The Citizens thought they had grabbed the winner after Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net in stoppage time whilst the score was 2:2.

However, VAR chalked off the goal 30 seconds later after heavy celebrations by Man City. The referee Michael Oliver was forced to blow his whistle to disallow the goal after defender Aymeric Laporte was found to have handled the ball in the build-up to the goal.

Guardiola was not pleased with the decision as he questioned the use of VAR in the course of the game.

“I thought we left that situation in Tottenham in the Champions League last season,” he told Sky Sports.

“But it is the same. The referee and VAR disallow it. It’s the second time [it’s happened] – it’s tough. It’s honestly tough but it’s the way it is.

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“It happened last week with Wolves and we saw for Chelsea on Wednesday – the keeper wasn’t on his line – Adrian in the penalty shoot-out.

“They have to fix it. The whistle inside matches now isn’t quite clear. But they believe it’s hands with Llorente in the Champions League and sometimes they don’t.”

Guardiola also expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision not to award Man City a penalty when Erik Lamela appeared to wrestle Rodri to the ground in the penalty box in the first half of the game.

“It was incredible it wasn’t a penalty in the first half [for the foul on Rodri in the box] but VAR said it wasn’t and then at the end they did,” he added.

“I’m pretty sure people were happy today we just need to work harder at scoring our chances.”

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