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‘It’s NOT a foul!’: Experts claim Gabriel Martinelli’s goal at Old Trafford should have stood

‘He’s weak… it’s NOT a foul!’: Roy Keane and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insist Gabriel Martinelli’s goal should have stood at Old Trafford after VAR overruled strike… and slam ‘ridiculous’ decision a free kick

  • Controversy erupted in the first half of Man United’s game against Arsenal
  • Christian Eriksen gave the ball away which resulted in a goal from Gabriel Martinelli
  • VAR reversed the decision saying Eriksen was fouled by Martin Odegaard
  • At half-time, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink called the United midfielder weak

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has slammed the “ridiculous” decision to rule out Arsenal’s opening goal against Manchester United on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta’s side thought they had taken the lead after Martin Odegaard won the ball against Christian Eriksen before scoring Gabriel Martinelli who put the ball into the net.

However, VAR canceled the goal and claimed Odegaard had fouled Eriksen, prompting Sky Sports pundits to chide the Dane as simply too ‘weak’.

Christian Eriksen lost the ball and led to an Arsenal goal before VAR overruled the decision

Christian Eriksen lost the ball and led to an Arsenal goal before VAR overruled the decision

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said goal should have stood and Eriksen was too'weak'

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said goal should have stood and Eriksen was too ‘weak’

At half-time Hasselbaink said: “I think it’s ridiculous to go back to that. I don’t think it’s a foul. Eriksen is just weak there. They say that they have changed, that they will be more forgiving.

‘Yes he [Odegaard] no contact with the ball, but you are allowed to have contact with players. He is weak. For me it’s not a foul.

“You don’t have to touch the ball. He doesn’t kick the player. He only comes into contact, and that is allowed. Why is that a free kick?’

Fellow expert Roy Keane agreed but admitted he understood why it was given as a foul.

Keane said: “It happened a couple of times in the first half, a number of players do it. They stay down when touched. I don’t like to see it, but the way the game is going I assume it’s a foul.

Arsenal's Odegaard (L) is said to have stabbed Eriksen in the back as he tackled him

Arsenal’s Odegaard (L) is said to have stabbed Eriksen in the back as he tackled him

Eriksen got into trouble when the Arsenal captain ran after him and won the ball while giving the Dane a slight shove in the back.

The Norwegian threaded a pass to Martinelli, who made no mistake as he rolled the ball past David de Gea before Paul Tierney was instructed to check the monitor.

After much deliberation, he decided that Odegaard had been too aggressive in his game.

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Maureen Mackey

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