Southampton denied penalty by VAR as ball strikes hand of Aston Villa defender Matty Cash January 30, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer

Aston Villa were at the centre of another VAR controversy in the Premier League but this time the decision went in their favour.

The Villa manager Dean Smith and his players were raging when officials decided Rodri was not offside in an incident involving Tyrone Mings earlier this month.

VAR decided not to award a penalty against Cash

Cash was deemed not to have handled the ball

Cash was deemed not to have handled the ball

Rodri came from an offside position to tackle Mings, before eventually playing the ball to Silva, who superbly slotted past Emiliano Martinez.

Clarification later confirmed that in similar incidents going forward the Man City man would have been deemed to be offside.

Villa may have just got away with one themselves in their league clash with Southampton at the St Mary’s on Saturday.

Just eight minutes into the game, the ball struck the hand of defender Matty Cash.

Replays appeared to show him move his hand towards the ball and prevented it from hitting the back of the net.

VAR officials agonised over the decision for several minutes but decided to stick to the original decision of no penalty.

The Southampton players were clearly baffled by the decision and on another day may have been given.

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