After Raheem Sterling’s goal against Chelsea was disallowed for a marginal offside decision, with supporters all over the Etihad thinking the Englishman had put the result beyond doubt, fans have since taken to Twitter and spotted potential evidence of a fresh VAR conspiracy theory.
Pep Guardiola’s side managed to seal a crucial 2-1 win at home to the Londoners on Saturday, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez cancelling out N’Golo Kante’s early opener, but the end of the game could’ve been far less nerve-wracking had referee Martin Atkinson not ruled out Sterling’s goal to make it 3-1.
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It was a massive response from the Premier League champions, hanging on for a much-needed win which sees them overtake Chelsea and keep pace with league leaders Liverpool.
However, some City supporters are less concerned with celebrating and more focused on a potential VAR conspiracy theory – with one supporter pointing out that the linesman didn’t raise his flag until Atkinson instructed him to.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter.
Never raised his flag until Atkinson went over to him,after he’d been instructed by the bent guy upstairs,this stinks of corruption,had it with var.pic.twitter.com/WSM1O6u89u
— MAINE RD MEMORIES. (@GDadsarmy) November 25, 2019
I said this a few months ago, they’re constantly trying to deflect any criticism away from VAR that they’re getting themselves caught up in a web of lies. Swarbrick said something a few month ago that clearly contradicted events on the pitch. It makes them look even worse
— Matt (@buzza1987) November 25, 2019
— Ken (@_Wewa_) November 25, 2019
Tried not to cry on the timeline about VAR cos it comes across as childish, but this seems proper wrong
— jonny🇧🇼 (@JonnyDopson) November 25, 2019
Not only did we see that unfold in the stadium but that one was broadcast all over the world. It is almost as if they think we will all just believe their explanation without questioning it
— Mike cronin (@mcfcspike) November 25, 2019
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The sooner they bin this hideous invention off the better for football fans
— Perry Oakley (@oakley_perry) November 25, 2019
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