New footage of Fernando Llorente’s ‘handball’ vs Man City emerges
The UEFA Champions League surprises continued last night, as Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals for the first time in their history, after a thrilling 4-4 on aggregate, with four goals in the first 11 minutes. As a side note, this also marked a competition record.
However, it was the second half of the clash which generated a lot of controversies, especially Fernando Llorente’s goal, which settled the final score and allowed the Spurs to advance to the next stage on away goals.
Referee Cuneyt Cakir needed VAR in order to decide if the goal was valid and, in the end, he allowed it. Still, a lot of City fans and not only consider that it wasn’t the right decision since the Spanish international used his hand to score.
Spanish newspaper AS claim that the official saw the goal from various angles, but ignored one which clearly revealed that Llorente scored with his hand.
And indeed, the slowed down footage confirms that the ball deflected off the player’s arm, before hitting his tight and ending up in the net.
“Irrati (the VAR) – the number one VAR official – advises Cakir because he’s seen a hand. When Cakir comes back from seeing the images he tells the players ‘I didn’t see anything. It hit his thigh,’” said AS’s resident referee Iturralde Gonzalez.
However, he also spotted an error in the entire VAR process.
“The didn’t play him (Cakir) the view from behind where you can see it hits the elbow. The error from the VAR is not showing the two key images. Why? The question is getting it right, not how long it takes.”