Europa League: Why VAR allowed Sevilla’s equalizer against Man Utd stand despite referee error
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) could not rule out Sevilla’s equalizer against Manchester United despite a clear referee error.
United have been bundled out of the Europa League, following a 2-1 loss on Sunday night and will finish this campaign trophyless.
However, it was the Red Devils that took the lead, after referee Felix Brych pointed to the spot after Marcus Rashford was fouled.
The VAR official allowed the decision to stand and Bruno Fernandes made no mistake from 12 yards.
But United were caught napping as Suso arrived at the back post to equalize.
The goal left United frustrated after a quick throw in was taken by Sevilla to start the move when the ball clearly came off their defender, Jules Koundé, as it went out of play.
Former Premier League referee, Peter Walton, has given reasons they were powerless to intervene as the incident was the previous passage of play to the goal.
“Well we can see the throw in was the wrong way round, but that’s not in the scope of the VAR protocol.
“There’s nothing he can do about it. Once the ball is back into play, it’s game on and unfortunately the goal counts,” Walton said on BT Sport.