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‘Robbery!’ — Manchester United fans fume at VAR call for Real Sociedad penalty



Man United defender Lisandro Martinez conceded a penalty shortly after coming on as a substitute.

Manchester United went a goal down in their Europa League clash with Real Sociedad after the referee awarded a controversial penalty against defender Lisandro Martinez.

After a goalless first-half at Old Trafford, manager Erik ten Hag  — who made several changes for the game against the LaLiga giants — brought on Martinez and Bruno Fernandes in place of Diogo Dalot and Christian Eriksen respectively.

However, United harshly had penalty awarded against them in the 57th minute after Martinez was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.

The referee’s decision to give the away side a penalty appeared to be very hard on United, especially given that the ball bounced up onto the Argentine’s arm after hitting him on the thigh.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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