‘I’m not a big fan’ – Man City Ace Gundogan Rages Against VAR

Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan believes VAR is sucking the emotion out of football.

City have been on the wrong end of three important VAR decisions in their first three games of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

Gundogan raged against the new technology following the 2-2 draw against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 17 August.

City were denied a late winner after Gabriel Jesus’ goal was disallowed because the ball brushed against the arm of teammate Aymeric Laporte in the build-up.

Additionally, David Silva was clearly fouled in the box in the 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday but wasn’t awarded a penalty even after the incident was reviewed by VAR.

City star Ilkay Gundogan made his views on the new technology were clear after the Bournemouth clash.

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He said: “VAR is changing football not only for the players but also for the spectators and everyone who loves the game.

“Unfortunately it takes away the main reason why we all love football, and that’s the emotion.”

“I’m not a big fan even though we can’t deny that it helps the referee.

“But the big problem is that even when an incident has been referred to VAR, there is still not a clear judgment.

“After the games we are still discussing whether it was a goal, a penalty or offside. And I can’t see this changing even with VAR.

“That is why I don’t think it makes sense, but some people who run the game have decided it is going to help the referee and it’s something we’re just going to have to accept because we can’t change right now.

“I’m sure it is going to help us in the future but it is also creating a lot of problems and I’m not sure how we can solve it.”

VAR is being used in the Premier League for the first time this season.

Despite the decisions that have gone against City they remain unbeaten in the Premier League having picked up seven points from a maximum nine.