Ilkay Gundogan slams referee after City’s draw with Wolves – but still doesn’t like VAR

Ilkay Gundogan labelled Martin Atkinson ‘the worst performer’ in Saturday’s match between Manchester City and Wolves, which saw several questionable decisions – most notably Willy Boly’s goal for Wolves which he scored with his hand.

The German, who played 77 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Molineux, was unhappy with Atkinson’s performance, something many City fans agree with.

“Unfortunately the referee was probably the worst performer today, and that’s why we lost two points,” said Gundogan as quoted by the MEN.

Despite his criticism of the referee, Gundogan is no supporter of VAR, which Premier League clubs voted against introducing this season back in April. Manchester City were one of the clubs for its introduction, with Manchester United and Chelsea voting against.

Gundogan said: “I’m not a big fan of VAR. It slows the game down while finding a decision.

“I saw the game yesterday in the Bundesliga between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim, and even with the VAR the action which created the penalty was not a penalty, and in the end they decided it was. It’s very confusing as well.

“But it was not just one mistake in this situation – there were two. I heard first of all it was offside and then it was a clear handball, so the linesman was on site and I expect a Premier League referee to see that and take the correct decision.

“Unfortunately for us it was not like that and we conceded a goal.”

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