Newcastle vs Manchester United Penalty- Anthony Gordon

“Get rid of it or get better”- Anthony Gordon comments on controversial VAR incident against Manchester United

Newcastle United’s Anthony Gordon has spoken out against VAR after a controversial incident during the game against Manchester United. The Red Devils won the Premier League clash at Old Trafford 3-2. Gordon, however, was denied a penalty during the match. Sofyan Amrabat stepped on Gordon’s foot, leaving the winger with a torn sock.

However, no spot kick was awarded to the Magpies. Gordon was left agitated by the call and has now expressed his dissatisfaction at the VAR technology. He said (via ESPN UK on X):

“I don’t understand the point of VAR. Either get rid of it or get better. It’s that simple, there’s too many mistakes.”

Gordon’s comments come right after a stance from the Premier League clubs. EPL clubs are set to vote to decide whether to keep VAR or scrap it. Despite its benefits, many believe the technology is error-prone.

Eddie Howe reacts to the controversial call during the Manchester United game

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe thinks his side deserved a penalty against Manchester United. Howe said that it was a ‘stonewall penalty’ and he was surprised that the decision didn’t go in his team’s favor. He said (via Sportsmole):

“I was surprised [it wasn’t given] because I was watching it back. It’s a stonewall penalty. You have to see it one to three times to see where the contact is. I thought that’s what VAR was good at.”

Howe, however, pointed out that his team lacked defensive resilience against Manchester United. He claimed that the defensive work wasn’t sufficient in all three goals they conceded.

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