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Manchester United exit Europa League as referee error allows Sevilla goal

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Manchester United ends the 2019-20 season trophy less as their last chance of attaining silverware at the UEFA Europa League goes down the drain following following their 1-2 defeat against Sevilla at the UEFA Europa League semi final at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne. The most controversial take from the match is coming down to a wrong throw in awarded to Sevilla ending up in a goal, despite VAR detecting referee error.

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Manchester United finished the current season with a 3rd position finish Premier League 3rd, followed by reaching the semis of the FA Cup. The Europa League was the last hope for the Red Devils to clinch a trophy this year.

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In a dramatic turn of events, errors made by the German football referee Felix Brych, that include a wrongly awarded throw in to Sevilla which ended in the Spanish side to equalise after United had taken the lead, has been the talking point of the semi final clash.

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Referee mistake allows Sevilla to equalise as Manchester United crash out of Europa League

9 minutes into the game, Manchester United had taken the lead thanks to a successful spot kick by Bruno Fernandes. However, the equaliser from Suso at the 26th minute came from a wrong throw in awarded to Sevilla, even though VAR was active and checked it out as a mistake.

During a build up play by the La Liga side, the ball flicked off to the sidelines from the shoulders of Sevilla centre back Jules Koundé. However, the throw in was awarded to Sevilla instead of United, which ended in Suso firing the ball into the net.

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Even though VAR checked out the decision as a clear mistake by Felix Brych, and protests from the United players, the goal stood, and Sevilla forward Luuk de Jong went on to score their second and secure an entry into the final.

Manchester United exit Europa League as referee error allows Sevilla goal - THE SPORTS ROOM
Manchester United players protesting referee Felix Brych’s decision. (Image Courtesy: BT Sport)

“It was a throw-in – 100 per cent, but when you don’t get it you can’t stop,” Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjær commented on the incident after the loss.

“You know it’s our throw-in but it ends up on other side of pitch at the other end,” Solskjær added.

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Saikat Banerjee
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A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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