Man City controversy leads pundit to call for rule change

By Kevin Phillips

12th Apr, 2022 | 3:00pm

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Kevin Phillips is “frustrated” after Man City winger Raheem Sterling saw his goal against Liverpool ruled offside.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker suggested the rule be changed to give “the benefit of the doubt” to attackers.

As shown on Sky Sports (10 April), Sterling thought he’d given City a 3-2 lead against Liverpool on Sunday but after a VAR review the goal was overturned.

The decision could have a major impact on the title race with just one point separating the two sides at the top of the Premier League table.

Phillips believes the right decision was made by VAR official Paul Tierney under the current rules.

“It frustrates me, of course it does,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“Unfortunately, rules are rules. We brought this in for a reason. Until it gets changed, goals will be decided by these fine margins.

“It is a disallowed goal as much as you feel aggrieved about it. I would like the benefit of the doubt to go to the striker but if you ask a defender whether they’d like that and they definitely wouldn’t. It is tough to see a goal disallowed by a whisker but rules are rules.

“We have VAR for big decisions like that. The call was right. That is all you can say until the rules change. It could be the inch the title is decided by.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Guardiola ‘doesn’t trust’ Jack Grealish after Man City decision is confirmed.