– For Man City, arguably more than any other Premier League side, VAR has taken a heavy toll on them
– Last season it was responsible for their elimination from the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Tottenham
– And just days into the new season, VAR is at it again after denying them maximum points against Spurs and money to an unlucky punter
As Man City boss Pep Guardiola bemoans the negative impact VAR has had on his team, an unlucky punter also appears to have missed out on a glorious chance to smile all the way to the bank – thanks to the new invention.
Man City were out for their second win of the season against Tottenham after demolishing West Ham 5-0 in their season opener at London Stadium.
However, the Premier League champions were a little unlucky as the visitors forced them to a frustrating 2-2 draw in a match they utterly controlled and dominated.
With just seconds to stoppage time, it appeared as though Gabriel Jesus had scored the winner after rising high to head home.
But the goal was disallowed by VAR after Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled the ball in the dangerous area.
Whereas the decision may have left millions of City fans heartbroken, for one unlucky punter, it is one that would leave him damaged forever having missed out on a massive £45,000 after VAR interfered.
Identified as only Ross, the punter later took to Twitter to share his losing bet, showing he had placed a five-fold ‘Both Teams To Score In Both Halves’ bet.
After Peterborough, Ipswich, Stoke, Derby, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Barnsley and Charlton all doing just that, it was now down for Man City and Spurs to do he honours.
With the first-half of the clash finishing 2-1 in favour of City, it was all left for the second half to determine if he would rake in something.
And when Lucas Moura made it 2-2 shortly after coming on in the second half, all he needed was the hosts to score to win £45k off a 25p stake.
And when Jesus struck in injury time, it appeared as though he had won it – only for VAR to rule out the goal leaving him devastated.
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