Tuchel backs VAR despite ‘cruel decision’ going against PSG

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The French side’s boss says he still supports the VAR despite what he termed a “50-50 decision” going against his side on Wednesday

Thomas Tuchel lamented a “cruel decision” going against Paris Saint-Germain in their loss to Manchester United, but insisted he was still a big supporter of the use of VAR.

PSG were stunningly eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday, suffering a 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United to bow out on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

But it took a contentious 94th-minute penalty to send United through, Marcus Rashford converting after a VAR review led to Presnel Kimpembe being penalised for a handball.
A measured Tuchel rued the decision as PSG were eliminated in the last 16 of the competition for a third straight season.

“It was a big decision, a cruel decision… but it’s difficult. There are reasons he can give the decision. It’s always soft facts with hands,” he told a news conference.

“The shot is not a big, big chance. It’s wide, then suddenly it’s a penalty.”

Romelu Lukaku’s brace in the first half gave United hope, but Juan Bernat’s 12th-minute goal had PSG on track before the late drama.

Despite the VAR intervening, Tuchel said he still supported the use of the technology, acknowledging the handball rule was a difficult one.

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