With the score at 2-2, Aguero’s diving header broke Swansea hearts, but replays showed the striker was marginally offside when the ball was played. After the match, Guardiola apologised for the goal standing.
“I’m sorry it was offside. I don’t understand why VAR is not used in this competition at this stage. Hopefully, next season this won’t happen.”
VAR is only being used at Premier League grounds in this season’s competition, and became a controversy when Millwall beat Everton in an earlier round thanks to a goal that shouldn’t have stood. As the tie was played at The Den, the referee had to go with his first instinct, rather than relying on a replay, as what happened twice at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.
City are one of only three Premier League clubs who voted for VAR to be used this season, while the majority of clubs voted against introducing it, but is due to come into force from next season.