Cesc Fabregas led fan anger on social media by making the “awful decision” to award Manchester City a penalty in their 2-1 away win at Arsenal on New Years Day.
Runaway leaders City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League in north London to 11 points and took victory in the final minutes of stoppage time.
It was a controversial matter in the Emirates when Arsenal supporters booed referee Stuart Attwell over two controversial penalty decisions from the field.
Cesc Fabregas criticized the “terrible decision” to award Man City a penalty against Arsenal
Referee Stuart Attwell pointed to the point when Granit Xhaka Bernardo Silva. brought down
The first saw the Gunners deny a clear penalty when Martin Odegaard went down in the box after an Ederson challenge, and the second also went against them when Granit Xhaka pulled Bernardo Silva into the box and into the city. Attwell initially decided not to award the spot kick until it was consulted by VAR.
Several fans used social media to question the latter decision, including former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas.
“It’s never a pen,” he continued Twitter. ‘Terrible decision.’
When a user answered to insist that the correct call was made, Fabregas replied, “He (Silva) already fell”.
Fabregas thought that Silva was already on the way down to the box when Xhaka took off his shirt
An Arsenal fan questioned the consistency of Attwell’s decisions in the late loss
A number of backers agreed with the Spaniard online, questioning the consistency of Attwell’s two key decisions made on the day.
One said, “Pathetic decision. Xhaka touches his shirt because Silva is already diving. Absolute rubbish. ‘
Another said, “No consistency in office. If this is a pen, what about the first half? ‘
United Stand’s Mark Goldbridge also joined the debate, writing, “But never a pen. Ref is a sucker.
Riyad Mahrez scored the resulting penalty to equalize City in north London
Rodri then put in a last-gasp winner for the guests in the last minutes of stoppage time
Attwell was mocked off the pitch by Gunners fans following his controversial decisions
Gabriel also saw a red for Arsenal at the hour and paid the price for two yellow cards in quick succession.
Bukayo Saka had given the Gunners the go-ahead after 31 minutes, only for Riyad Mahrez’s penalty to equalize against City in the 57th minute.
And in the third minute of stoppage time, Rodri struck to cement the lead of the guests and get the Arsenal fans to a boil.