Leganes of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo was at the centre of a controversial goal scored against his team by Barcelona, as officials in his side insist Video Assistant Referee (VAR) did not help their case.
Footballlive.ng gathered that Omeruo and his pals are sulking, after Luis Suarez’s goal was allowed to stand on Sunday, but Barca’s coach, Ernesto Valverde says the officials made the right call.
Omeruo played 90 minutes of the encounter at Nou Camp and got a 30th minute yellow card, as Leganes tried to make the best of the game that saw Lionel Messi start from the bench for the home side.
However, while Omeruo’s club officials are slamming VAR, Valverde is convinced the officials made the correct decision in allowing Suarez’s goal to stand in Barcelona’s 3-1 win.
Leganes made things interesting in Camp Nou when Martin Braithwaite cancelled out Ousmane Dembele’s opener in the second half.
The goal forced Valverde to introduce Messi from the bench, and the Argentine ace inspired Barca to go on and win – playing a role in Suarez’s goal before then rounding things off late on.
Despite the brilliance, Suarez’s goal was contentious from Leganes’ point of view, as Ivan Cuellar saved Messi’s strike and then the Uruguayan star netted from close range, but collided with the goalkeeper at the time.
Replays showed that, though there was contact, it was minimal and the goal stood even after a VAR review, angering Leganes, but Valverde says the right decision prevailed.
“I thought it was a goal. What can I say, everyone sees it from their point of view, but if the referee has given it, it will be a goal.
“With VAR, the controversy is not over. It’s a clear goal. Suarez does not touch the goalkeeper, they have reviewed it.
“There will always be controversy, mistakes will follow and you have to accept the error. That [errors] will not end with VAR, nor if it was a robot refereeing,” Valverde submitted.