Man United news: Ex-Fifa official lambasts major VAR blunder as controversial Bruno Fernandes footage analysed

Man United star Bruno Fernandes should have been forced to retake the penalty he scored in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Uruguay in the World Cup last week (28 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Fernandes’ Portugal teammates were in the area “by a mile” and the officials should have spotted it……..CONTINUE READING

Portugal were awarded a controversial penalty in stoppage time after a handball by Uruguay’s Jose Maria Gimenez when he stuck his arm to help break a fall after trying to stop a Fernandes pass.

As shown on the highlights posted on the BBC’s YouTube channel, the 28-year-old stepped up and converted from the spot with a low shot to the goalkeeper’s right.

“You’ve got an encroachment,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Look, it’s a charge. For me, it is the Portuegese players who are in the penalty area by a mile first. Therefore they’ve offended and it should be retaken.

“It’s not a good piece of officiating by world class officials on what is a simple, basic law in terms of a penalty kick.

“VAR could have come in, of course it can, and it should have done.

“They were in the box by a mile.”

Portugal are next in action out in Qatar on Tuesday (6 December) when they face Switzerland in the round of 16.

Fernandes will win his 52nd international cap if he features in the game and he has 23 goal contributions for his country.

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