Pep Guardiola slams ‘ridiculous’ VAR for disallowing Erling Haaland goal during Manchester City vs Brighton
Posted by  badge Boss on May 25, 2023 - 06:26AM
Pep Guardiola was not happy with VAR after Man City’s draw at Brighton (Photo: Sky Sports)

was left exasperated after ’s potential late winner was ruled out during ’s draw at Brighton.

City drew 1-1 at the Amex on Wednesday night, a result that sealed the home side’s place in the for next season.

Phil Foden opened the scoring for the Citizens before Julio Enciso’s speculator effort brought the match level, and from there the Seagulls dominated proceedings.

However, the Premier League champions hit back with just over 10 minutes remaining with star striker Haaland heading in what looked to be the winning goal from close range.

However, VAR advised referee Simon Hooper to review the goal on the pitch-side monitor and duly ruled it out after Haaland was adjudged to have pulled the shirt of defender Levi Colwill.

Guardiola was left furious and was subsequently booked for remonstrating with the fourth official, and he continued his protests after full-time, telling Sky Sports: ‘Watch it. Watch it, if it’s a fault, every action for Erling is a fault.

‘If it is a fault, there is 25 faults to every defender when they make a long ball. If it is a fault, every time it is fault.

‘Come on. It is ridiculous. The goal disallowed is ridiculous but it doesn’t matter.’

With the Premier League title won, City’s focus is on completing the treble so this game was of little consequence to them, but Guardiola was nevertheless impressed with his side’s performance given it came so soon after their title celebrations.

‘Exceptional game. Congratulations to Brighton for their deserved qualification to the Europa League, he added.

‘The game we played, 48 hours after we drank all the alcohol in Manchester, 48 hours later we behaved and we showed why we were the champions against that team.

‘We showed what we have done with and without the ball. I didn’t see one drop in our intensity and idea. They had chances, we had chances, we scored a goal, they scored a goal.

‘Both teams want the ball, both teams want to press. The keepers are fundamental in this game. The quality they have, they are an exceptional team.’


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