WATCH: Arsenal boss Unai Emery blames VAR after his side lose to Sheffield United

Sport360 staff 11:35 22/10/2019
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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery slammed VAR after the Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday.

Emery was incensed after John Egan’s apparent shirt pull on Sokratis Papastathopoulos was not sent for review by VAR.

“For me it was a clear penalty and I think the VAR is for these situations. The point of it is to review and after decide,” said Emery.

The Blades had not won in the league at home since August 18 and had lost their last three top-flight outings in front of their own fans.


However, Lys Mousset’s first-half goal got the world’s oldest football stadium rocking and, along with some stoic and organised defending, it proved enough for a famous triumph.








It was only Arsenal’s second loss of the season but their troubles on their travels continue – Emery’s team have not won away in the league since the opening day – as the Gunners missed the chance to go third in the table.


Watch Emery share his thoughts on the controversial decision above.



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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool mishandled Luis Suarez racism row with Patrice Evra

Press Association Sport 08:36 22/10/2019
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Jamie Carragher has admitted Liverpool made a “massive mistake” by backing Luis Suarez in the 2011 racism row with Patrice Evra and apologised to the former Manchester United left-back.

Suarez was given an eight-match ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Evra, which included a reference to the defender’s colour, at Anfield in October 2011.

Liverpool’s players – including Carragher – responded to the suspension by wearing t-shirts with Suarez’s face on before a Premier League match with Wigan in December 2011 in a show of support for their striker.

Former Reds defender Carragher, who was appearing on Sky Sports alongside Evra on Monday, accepts the club and players made an error of judgment.

“Apologies, we got it massively wrong,” said Carragher. “There’s no doubt we made a massive mistake.

“I’m not lying on that and saying I wasn’t part of it because as the club we got it wrong and I was vice-captain. I’m not sure who was actually behind it.

“What I would say is that maybe I, as an individual, lacked the courage to say I wasn’t wearing it.

“I don’t think everyone at Liverpool thought what we were doing was right.

“Your first reaction – no matter what someone does – is to support them even if they are wrong.”

Speaking about Liverpool’s decision to wear t-shirts supporting Suarez, Evra said: “I saw it. I was watching the game. I was like, this is ridiculous. It is unbelievable.

“I understand you always have to support your player because this is your team. But this was after the ban.

“What message do you send to the world? Supporting someone being banned because he used some racist words.”

Suarez and Evra left Liverpool and Manchester United respectively in the summer of 2014, while Carragher retired from playing in 2013.

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Man United open urgent investigation into allegations of racist abuse in Liverpool clash

Press Association Sport 08:12 22/10/2019
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Manchester United have launched an urgent investigation after a spectator was ejected from Old Trafford amid allegations of racist abuse during another depressing weekend for football.

The Premier League giants have branded any form of racism “completely unacceptable” following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

A United spokesperson said the club was aware of an incident “where an individual in the home section has allegedly engaged in racial abuse”.

The spokesperson added: “The individual was identified and ejected from the stadium. We are currently investigating the matter as a priority.

“Racism and all forms of discrimination are completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our club.”

A Liverpool spokesperson praised United’s swift action and said the club would support “the strongest possible action being taken against anyone found to be responsible.”

United’s probe was launched as a series of clubs confirmed they were looking into similar allegations.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault after Haringey’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Yeovil was abandoned with 64 minutes gone.

Both teams left the pitch after players reported comments from visiting fans at Coles Park, and the game will be replayed next week.

Haringey said on Twitter that the game had been abandoned following racist abuse and their defender Coby Rowe wrote on his account that he had been a victim.

As well as Rowe receiving racist abuse from the crowd, Borough chairman Aki Achillea claimed keeper Douglas Pajetat was spat upon and had a bottle thrown at him.

Northampton have confirmed they are investigating claims of discriminatory chanting by Salford fans during their League Two fixture, while Bristol City are looking into allegations of racist language being used in the away end during their Sky Bet Championship trip to Luton.

Elsewhere, Serie A side Roma issued an apology over racist chanting aimed at Sampdoria’s Ronaldo Vieira, while Serbia have been ordered to play next month’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Luxembourg behind closed doors after UEFA punished them for the racist behaviour of fans.

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