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Sergio Busquets sharply criticizes Kylian Mbappe’s decision to let his winner in the Nations League final



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‘It doesn’t make sense!’: Sergio Busquets sharply criticized Kylian Mbappe’s decision to let his dramatic late winner in the Nations League final, after prolonged VAR control with Eric Garcia’s touch.

  • France won the Nations League title, beating Spain on Sunday evening in Milan.
  • Sergio Busquets criticizes VAR for letting Kylian Mbappe’s winner stand
  • Mbappe scores after Hernandez kicks the ball behind the Spanish defense
  • However, he was clearly offside before the goalkeeper went under Unai Simon.











Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets has criticized VAR for allowing Kylian Mbappe to feature in late winner France’s 2-1 win in the UEFA Nations League final.

Mbappe scored the crucial goal as Theo Hernandez threw the ball at him from behind the Spanish defense. However, the 22-year-old was clearly offside before going under goalkeeper Unai Simon.

Busquets, who ultimately won the Man of the Match award for his performance on Sunday night, said VAR’s decision to drop the goal “did not make sense”.

Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets has criticized VAR for allowing Kylian Mbappe's late winner (above) to feature in France's 2-1 win in the UEFA Nations League final.

Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets has criticized VAR for allowing Kylian Mbappe’s late winner (above) to feature in France’s 2-1 win in the UEFA Nations League final.

Footage of the incident showed that the Paris Saint-Germain striker was in an offside position, especially standing behind the last man.

But match officials, including Premier League referee Anthony Taylor, felt that Eric Garcia had deliberately touched the ball. So they treated everything after that moment as a new phase of the game.

Currently, the rules currently state that ‘a player in an offside position who deliberately picks up the ball from an opponent playing the ball, including handball, is not considered to have gained an advantage’.

Busquets (right), who won the Man of the Match award for his performance, said VAR's decision to leave the goal in the fixture on Sunday night

Busquets (right), who won the Man of the Match award for his performance, said VAR’s decision to leave the goal in the fixture on Sunday night “did not make sense”.

Mbappe scored as Theo Hernandez played the ball behind the Spanish defense.  However, he was clearly offside before the goalkeeper went under Unai Simon.

Mbappe scored as Theo Hernandez played the ball behind the Spanish defense. However, he was clearly offside before the goalkeeper went under Unai Simon.

However, Busquets was outraged by the decision. After the match, he said, “The referee told us that Eric Garcia wanted to play with the ball and it killed offside… But he wanted to play because the ball was going to reach Mbappe offside! It doesn’t make sense!’

Garcia added: ‘Mbappe is offside. The referee told me I was trying to play the ball. What should I do? Step aside and let him escape? Apparently that’s the rule.’

Cesar Azpilicueta told Sky Sports: ‘The referee is there to decide. What I’m more disappointed with is that the referee who made the decision was the referee at VAR, not Mr Anthony Taylor here. I think the monitor is there to use.

However, the referees felt that Eric Garcia (above) deliberately touched the ball.  Therefore, they treated everything after that moment as a new phase of the game.

However, the referees felt that Eric Garcia (above) deliberately touched the ball. Therefore, they treated everything after that moment as a new phase of the game.

Cesar Azpilicueta (right) said he was very 'disappointed' with the decision as well.

Cesar Azpilicueta (right) said he was also ‘disappointed’ by the decision.

Every time we meet with the referees we say the same thing and I don’t know why he doesn’t go to the monitor and see for himself whether it was intentional or not.

‘The offside is very clear and the referee watching the reviews in the office says he can play the ball, which I don’t think so.’

Luis Enrique was equally angry, but holding his cards close to his chest, he said, ‘It’s difficult. I’d like to talk, but I won’t go into that. I have nothing to say.

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