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Pep Guardiola apologises to Swansea after Man City escape FA Cup quarter-final with absence of VAR


‘If it is not penalty, and it is offside like the people say, I’m sorry’: Pep Guardiola apologises to Swansea after Manchester City escape FA Cup quarter-final tie with absence of VAR

  • Pep Guardiola apologised to Swansea after Manchester City’s lucky FA Cup win
  • City survived an almighty scare because of the absence of VAR at the Liberty
  • City fought back from 2-0 down to record a controversial 3-2 victory on Saturday

Riath Al-samarrai for The Mail on Sunday

Pep Guardiola apologised to Swansea on Saturday night after Manchester City survived an almighty FA Cup scare because of the absence of VAR.

City fought back from 2-0 down to record a dramatic and controversial 3-2 victory in the quarter-final clash.

But the win will throw up further questions about VAR, which would have overruled Sergio Aguero‘s last-gasp header for offside had it been in use.

Pep Guardiola has apologised to Swansea after Manchester City’s controversial FA Cup win

Sergio Aguero’s late winner against Swansea was allowed to stand despite him being offside

The Liberty Stadium is equipped for VAR but because other Championship grounds are not, it was not operated for the sake of consistency.

There was also debate over City’s equaliser, which came from the penalty spot after Cameron Carter-Vickers was adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling.

Guardiola said: ‘If it is not a penalty, and it is offside like the people say, I’m sorry. They ask all the clubs about the VAR and all around Europe, the VAR is there and here is not.

‘I don’t like to lose games when the decisions are wrong but the referees don’t want to make wrong decisions, but they must be helped.

‘We deserved to win the game by far – but to win in that way, I’m sorry.’

Cameron Carter-Vickers appears to get a touch to the ball but City were awarded a penalty

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