Roy Keane called it a “bizarre” call by referee Chris Kavanagh.
Roy Keane has hit out at the decision to disallow Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani’s first half goal against Tottenham Hotspur.
In the first half of the game, Cavani found a gap in Tottenham’s defence and sent the ball past Hugo Lloris However, the celebrations were short-lived as VAR suggested Son Heung-Min was fouled by Scott McTominay in the build-up to the goal.
VAR intervened and referee Chris Kavanagh headed to the pitch-side monitor to review the incident which was part of the goal’s build-up.
Cavani’s strike was eventually ruled out after McTominay appeared to make contact with Son with his arm, though the South Korean didn’t help himself by making the initial contact with his hand when he was never going to successfully compete for the ball.
❌ VAR DRAMA ❌
Was Edinson Cavani's opener right to be chalked off? 😬
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 11, 2021
Kavanagh’s decision lacked common sense and it would make you wonder if he’s ever played the game, at any level.
Keane, speaking on Sky Sports, was left baffled by the decision to disallow Cavani’s goal.
“I’m amazed. If this is a foul, we should all go home. I think it’s bizarre, for a player like Son just to roll about like that, I think it’s embarrassing,” Keane said, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“That can’t be a foul. It’s not just Son, to be fair, (Marcus) Rashford did it about 10 minutes earlier. Both sets of players, rolling around screaming, the referee is under huge pressure and they’re doubting every decision they make. I think the referee got this wrong.”
🗣️ "It is embarrassing. This is not football anymore."
🗣️ "If that is a foul we may as well all go home now"
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 11, 2021
Former Man City defender Micah Richards was also in the studio, and said that such decision are ruining the game.
“It’s embarrassing, this is not football anymore,” Richards added.
“I know we have a laugh and a joke and all that, but this is spoiling our game. I can’t recognise the game anymore. If this is a foul, Roy’s right, we might as well go home now.
“It’s an absolutely ridiculous decision. It’s spoiling football, the fact that Chris Kavanagh can go and look at it again, I know VAR put doubt in his mind and the players didn’t help him which is unacceptable.”