Jadon Sancho reacts to Jude Bellingham's disallowed goal in Manchester City v Dortmund

Sam Preston April 7, 2021
Jadon Sancho reacts to Jude Bellingham's disallowed goal in Manchester City v Dortmund
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England international Jude Bellingham had a goal ruled out in controversial circumstances in the Champions League quarter-finals last night.

Manchester City were 1-0 up thanks to Kevin de Bruyne’s goal, when Ederson took far too long on the ball.

Bellingham took the ball of his toes before tapping it home – but the referee blew up for a foul.

VAR couldn’t even check it as the whistle was blown before the ball crossed the line – and it’s clear what Jadon Sancho thought of the decision.

Sancho was ruled out of the game through injury last night, robbing him of the chance to play against his former club.

City dominated the game on the night but should have conceded an away goal to Bellingham here.

And when we’ve got some assistant referees allowing full moves to progress to see if a goal will be scored before calling it back for offside, the call not to let Bellingham score before checking is baffling.

It could have a big impact on this tie, with City winning the first leg due to a stoppage time Phil Foden strike.

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City have had bad luck with VAR in the Champions League before, most notably against Tottenham in 2019.

So they’ll think they were due some good fortune, but there can’t be many football fans who think that was a foul by Bellingham.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.