Man City write to referees’ chief Mike Riley over Michael Oliver and VAR decisions in 3-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool

14 Nov

Manchester City have reportedly sent referees’ chief Mike Riley a letter raising concerns over Michael Oliver’s performance and VAR decisions in their defeat to Liverpool.

City have contacted the managing director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) highlighting several alleged ‘inconsistencies’ from Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola was furious with the decisions made in Man City‘s defeat to Liverpool
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The first was the possible handball in the sixth minute when the ball struck the arm of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Oliver did not award a penalty and within 60 seconds Liverpool had scored their opener.

A VAR review took place but the decision was not overturned and Liverpool’s goal stood.

The second incident was an apparent push on Raheem Sterling by Sadio Mane in the penalty area, while the third was for another handball incident involving Alexander-Arnold.

The Times report that Riley has responded to the letter and ‘constructive talks’ have been held with Manchester City since then.

City boss Pep Guardiola was incensed on the touchline with the decisions made during the game and was very animated.

At the full-time whistle, he appeared to sarcastically shake Oliver’s hand and said: “Thank you very much”.

Several clubs are believed to have written to Riley with concerns about VAR.

They feel it is it generating too much negative publicity and the PGMOL will come under pressure to make modifications.

There have been suggestions about allowing more scope for referees to use pitch side monitors, which have not been used once.

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