FERNANDO LLORENTE’S essential aim for Tottenham of their Champions League triumph towards Manchester Metropolis would NOT have stood subsequent season.
The striker, on as a first-half substitute after Moussa Sissoko got here off injured, bundled the ball residence off his hip to attain Spurs’ third aim on the Etihad.
But it surely additionally brushed his arm on the way in which to beating Ederson within the aim, which led to the referee Cuneyt Cakir utilizing VAR to verify it.
However after reviewing the footage, Cakir awarded the aim.
It’s unclear if the referee did not spot the ball contact Llorente’s hand – or he did, however deemed it was not an intentional handball.
And what a vital aim it turned out to be.
Though Spurs had been now Four-Three down on the night time, they received the primary leg 1-Zero at residence so Llorente’s aim noticed Mauricio Pochettino’s troops undergo on away objectives.
However subsequent season, after modifications by the Worldwide FA Board had been handed, the aim would have been chalked off.
It’s merciless however it’s what it’s and we’ve to simply accept it
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola
It should now state that objectives can’t stand if the ball touches a hand or arm even when it was not supposed.
Technical director at Ifab and former Premier League referee David Ellery beforehand mentioned: “If a participant controls the ball with hand or arm after which scores or creates a goalscoring alternative that can be dominated as handball even whether it is clearly unintentional.
“It’s taking away the requirement of the referee to find out intent.”
Regardless of the legal guidelines at the moment on ruling it out on intentional handball, Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola was nonetheless left questioning whether or not his facet had been dealt a harsh blow.
Talking after the sport, the 48-year-old Spaniard mentioned: “It’s merciless however it’s what it’s and we’ve to simply accept it. After 20 minutes we had been Three-2 up.
“Within the second half we created quite a lot of possibilities and we scored the objectives we would have liked.
“Sadly, it was a nasty finish to us so congratulations to Tottenham and good luck for the semi-finals.
“I help VAR however possibly from one angle Fernando Llorente’s aim is handball, possibly from the referee’s angle it’s not.”
Guardiola would later go on to rue one other VAR determination when Raheem Sterling scored what he thought was the profitable aim, just for know-how to appropriately rule him offisde.
It means Spurs will go on to face Ajax within the Champions League semi-finals, whereas Metropolis are left to focus on beating Liverpool to the Premier League title.