Fuming Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom calls for HUGE football rule change after cruel late Man City defeat | The Sun

August 28, 2023

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM has called for referees to only use VAR for offside decisions.

The Sheffield United boss was left fuming after his side's late defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Heckingbottom thought his side had done enough to rescue a point after Jayden Bogle's equaliser at Bramall Lane.

However, Rodri went on to grab an 88th minute winner for the Treble winners and maintain their 100 per cent Premier League record.

Earlier in the match, Blades defender John Egan had been penalised for a handball inside the area.

Although Erling Haaland missed the resulting penalty, Heckingbottom was aggrieved by the decision after the match.


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He said: "I wasn’t happy with the refereeing.

"That our first free-kick was in the 56th minute is embarrassing. I’ve watched some of the decisions back and it’s really poor.

"My initial thought (on the penalty) was that it’s hit the arm, but is there any point of having VAR if the same decisions are not being given every week? I don’t know where we’re going with it all.

"I get that they want as little impact as possible from VAR… so get rid of it and just use it for offside. We need a degree of consistency, especially big decisions that affect games.

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"Speak to any of the guys: we just want the same decision to be given. We need to know what the laws of the game are. We’ve had three games and had decisions that aren’t consistent."

Sheffield United remain winless after the loss to City, having been beaten in each of their three matches so far this season.

They host Everton, who are also yet to win a point, on Saturday afternoon.

As for City, they are the only club in the Premier League with a 100 per cent record.

Pep Guardiola's side will look to maintain that record at home to Fulham this weekend.

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