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Fans react to Martin Atkinson’s controversial verdict in Manchester United and Liverpool’s 1-1 draw

Fans react to Martin Atkinson’s controversial verdict in Manchester United and Liverpool’s 1-1 draw

VAR was at the centre of controversy yet again on Sunday afternoon, with referee Martin Atkinson deciding not to overturn Manchester United’s opening goal. 

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Despite equalising late on to keep Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season intact, one Liverpool fan in particular feels Atkinson should never be allowed to officiate a Reds league game ever again.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the supporter, like many others, questioned United’s opening goal after defender Victor Lindelof appeared to clip Divock Origi’s calf in the build up – with Red Devils striker Marcus Rashford putting the home side in front on the counter-attack moments later.

This wasn’t the only decision he seemed irate about either. Sadio Mane’s initial equaliser was ruled out for handball – with Liverpool fan Jimmy claiming it was ‘ball to hand’.

“It was an absolute disgrace, Martin Atkinson should never be allowed to referee a Liverpool game against Manchester United ever again,” explained the caller.

“Not to mention the 70-second sending off with Steven Gerrard all those years ago, I’m standing up and how on earth can he not see that [Origi incident] was a foul?

“Our goal was disallowed, it was ball to hand, how can that happen?”

Following the talkSPORT phone-in, fans have responded in debate of the verdict. Take a look at what some of them are saying below…

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