MANCHESTER CITY were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham last night on away goals and midfielder Fernandinho hasn’t taken it well.
In what was a highly entertaining and dramatic game, Manchester City thought they had won the clash in injury time when Raheem Sterling fired home from Sergio Aguero’s pass.
The Etihad erupted as the City players and their fans celebrated wildly.
But a video assistant referee (VAR) review deemed Aguero to be offside in the build-up and the goal was disallowed
It meant the match ended 4-4 on aggregate with Tottenham advancing to the Champions League’s semi-finals on away goals
A journalist for the Mirror attempted to catch up with City midfielder Fernandinho in the mixed zone to get his views on the game.
But the Brazilian only offered a two-word response: “F**k VAR.”
According to the Manchester Evening News, Fernadinho was then seen slamming a door on his way out.
The game got off to a blistering start with four goals inside the opening 11 minutes.
Sterling struck first to level the tie but Spurs forward Son Heung-min responded with a quickfire brace.
Bernardo Silva levelled and City went ahead on the night on 25 minutes when Sterling grabbed a second of his own.
City claimed the initiative when Aguero hammered in a fourth after the break but Llorente hit back from a corner.
Several replays were viewed for a possible handball by the Spaniard before it was deemed to have gone in off his hip.
Sterling then sparked jubilant scenes with what would have been a sensational hat-trick in the dying moments only for VAR to kill their joy.
“It is cruel but it is what it is and we have to accept it,” said City boss Guardiola.
“Second half we did everything. It was not easy to create chances but we created a lot. We scored the goals we needed, unfortunately it was a bad end for us.
“Congratulations Tottenham and all the best for the semi-finals.”
Guardiola, who saw his side’s quadruple hopes crumble, has been a big advocate of VAR in the past but has questioned the Llorente decision.
“I support VAR,” he added. “It is just to see the goal maybe from Llorente’s handball.
“From one angle it is handball. From another it is not. I am for fair football. When it is offside, it is offside. I think in the future, even in the present it will be fair.”
On Sterling’s goal being ruled out, he said: “I don’t know, I saw the action and the people decide it is offside, it is offside. What can I say?”