Former Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker Ian Wright has praised the video assisted referee system for making the right call in the 2-2 draw between Manchester City and the Eagles at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side had been awarded a penalty against the south Londoners, only for the decision to be reversed on review thanks to VAR.
The hosts protested that Dutch defender Jairo Riedewald hand handled the ball in the 71st minute after a cross into the Palace box from Raheem Sterling.
Referee Graham Scott initially pointed to the spot only for the replays to show that it was not worth a penalty, much to the consternation of City’s players.
At the time, the reigning Premier League champions were behind and desperate for a goal after on-loan Everton striker Cenk Tosun opened the scoring in the first half.
Sergio Aguero struck back twice in 82nd and 87th minute to seemingly secure a dramatic comeback win for Guardiola’s side, only for Fernandinho to put the ball in the back of his own net.
It was an own goal that ensured that Roy Hodgson and his players would leave Manchester with a point for their efforts to remain firmly in place within the mid-table positions of the Premier League.
On Match of the Day, Wright praised VAR for making sure the right decision was made.
“Law 12, I’ve had a look,” he said. “It says the handball isn’t usually an offence when the ball comes off your own body and hits your hand so they have got that one right.
“There’s not a lot you can do about that really.”
City now risk falling further behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race.
If Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Manchester United at Old Trafford then the Reds will go 16 points clear at the top.