SUNSPORT refereeing expert Mark Halsey believes Fernando Llorente’s dramatic winner should NOT have stood.
The Spaniard was awarded a goal which sent Tottenham into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time – after an agonising VAR review.
Reuters1 The ball clearly struck Fernando Llorente's arm before going in off his hip
VAR will never be successful if idiots are using it.
The best replay that shows the ball hitting Llorente's arm, wasn't even shown to the referee.#MCITOT #UCL pic.twitter.com/f4RlQDR6lf
— Atishay Agarwal (@Atishay_Agarwal) April 17, 2019
Video footage clearly showed the ball hitting the Spaniard’s arm before it went in.
But SunSport can reveal this angle, shown above, was amazingly not afforded to Turkish ref Cuneyt Cakir.
And ex-top ref Halsey said: “If Cakir gets to see that replay then the goal is disallowed.
“Llorente leads with his arm and makes a movement towards the ball.
"So you could argue that is deliberate.
“But this camera angle was not shown by broadcasters to the officials – and I have no idea why it wasn't.
“You clearly saw Cakir saying the ball hit Llorente’s hip after he watched replays on the pitchside monitor.
“Why were all the camera angles not afforded to the match officials?
“That was a massive, massive call but on the evidence Cakir was afforded, you cannot criticise him for awarding the goal.
“Law changes that come into effect next season would see this goal disallowed, as a handball only has to be 'accidental' if it results directly in a goal.”
'HIS SKIN MOVES'
Manchester United legend and BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand also reckons it was a handball.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “That’s off his arm for me.
"That’s hit his arm. Watch the skin on his arm, it moves.
“I’m just saying the ball’s hit his arm and then it’s up to the referee to determine whether its a handball or not.
“I think its handball personally I’ve got to be honest.”
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And Halsey added: “And it was the correct decision to rule out Raheem Sterling's late’s strike because Sergio Aguero was offside and involved in active play when it was touched to him by Bernardo Silva.”
Tottenham progress to play Ajax in the semi-finals.