Wenger opens up about VAR controversy in Real Madrid vs Man City

He has won the English Premier League three times

By Web Desk
May 10, 2023
Arsene Wenger — Twitter: @beIN Sports

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City on Tuesday, May 9 ended in a 1-1 draw with thunderbolts from Vinicius Jr and Kevin De Bruyne.

However, De Bruyne’s strike became controversial as the ball had already gone out of the play just before City’s goal.

Broadcaster beIN Sports later checked the incident using 3D technology, producing an image that suggested the ball had in fact gone out of play.

Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal manager, who is now FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development then explained what Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) needs to do in a situation like this: "The VAR normally should check if a goal is regular or not.”

"In a situation like that, they have to intervene and they did not go far enough back to check if the ball was out or not or they [were unable] to check if the ball was out or not. I think we go for the second solution because normally VAR cannot check on the sideline, only on the goal line,” he added.

He further said that VAR was created to make accurate decisions so it is their duty to check if the goal is legitimate or not.

"VAR has been created to make more right decisions [based] on facts - is the ball in or out? VAR has to intervene and make the right decision, this is absolutely 100 percent,” said the former Arsenal manager,

“At the moment, I believe we cannot check on the sideline if the ball is in or out on the VAR. But we have a chip in the ball now and with a chip in the ball you can check," he concluded.

Madrid’s head coach Carlo Ancelotti was booked by the match referee and received a yellow card for protesting right after City’s goal.

When asked why he was booked by BT Sport, Ancelotti replied: "I don't know why. I was not on the pitch. I think he could give a yellow card to the player, not the manager."

The Italian manager was also seen criticising the referee in his post-match press conference.

"The ball was off the pitch. That's it. Technology said it. I don't understand why VAR didn't check. The referee didn't pay attention to many things," he fumed.