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Mane’s goal: Balogun questions VAR’s decision

October 22, 2019
Sadio Mane (left) against Harry Maguire of Manchester United

Brighton’s Leon Balogun has questioned the decision of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to chalk off Sadio Mane’s goal in Liverpool’s 1-all draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Man United had been in front through Marcus Rashford’s 36th-minute strike.

However, Sadio Mane thought he had equalised for his side only for VAR to disallow the goal for a handball.

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Balogun believes the decision was wrong and he took to Twitter to share his view.

“How’s (sic) that a handball? Seriously? Bounces off his thigh against his hand, which is nowhere near an unnatural position, especially if you consider that he has to ‘fight’ the defender off.

“If possession is gained, which he only did after he got the ball off of the defender’s feet again in my opinion.

“These handball decisions are a part of the game that always will be heavily discussed – not as reasonable as we do now though. But for me this situation is not a handball, regardless of who I’m rooting for,” the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) bronze medallist tweeted.

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Meanwhile, Balogun is yet to make an appearance for his Brighton this season and was omitted from Super Eagles last two friendly matches against Ukraine and Brazil.

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