Referee Andre Marriner let Swansea down against Manchester City… but the lack of VAR was costly

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Referee Andre Marriner let Swansea down against Manchester City… but the lack of VAR was costly

  • Andre Marriner should not have allowed Manchester City’s last two goals
  • VAR being in Premier League stadiums only has damaged integrity of FA Cup
  • Raheem Sterling wasn’t fouled for the penalty and Sergio Aguero was offside 

Mark Clattenburg for the Daily Mail

The FA’s decision not to get the Liberty Stadium ready for VAR probably cost Swansea a place in the FA Cup semi-finals. 

Manchester City’s second and third goals should not have stood. For the second, a penalty awarded for a foul on Raheem Sterling, the defender clearly got a touch on the ball. 

Then Sergio Aguero was offside for his winning goal. VAR should not have been needed to get those decisions right.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero was offside when he scored the winning goal at Swansea

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero was offside when he scored the winning goal at Swansea

Referee Andre Marriner should have seen Raheem Sterling was not fouled for the penalty call

Referee Andre Marriner should have seen Raheem Sterling was not fouled for the penalty call

Referee Andre Marriner should have seen Raheem Sterling was not fouled for the penalty call

Andre Marriner should have seen Sterling was not fouled, and for the offside, the assistant referee should have been in line with the second-last defender. 

The integrity of the FA Cup has been damaged by the use of VAR in Premier League stadiums only. 

For the quarter-finals, the FA should have got Swansea and Millwall approved for use of VAR. 

There was enough time, because the draw was on February 18.

The officials could not call on the help of VAR during the FA Cup quarter-final at the Liberty

The officials could not call on the help of VAR during the FA Cup quarter-final at the Liberty

The officials could not call on the help of VAR during the FA Cup quarter-final at the Liberty

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