Bruce refuses to defend Fraser at red card, criticizes ‘pathetic’ move


Steve Bruce has expressed his dismay over VAR’s decision to award Sheffield United a penalty in their 1-0 loss to the Blades.

Federico Fernandez was ruled to have manipulated the ball in the area by VAR, which led to the winning goal.

The Magpies defenseman was harassed by kick taker Billy Sharp in the run-up to the incident.

And after the game, Bruce said he was less than happy with the penalty award.

“The sanction confuses me,” he said TBEN Sport. “The referee understood in real time.

“He knocked [Fernandez’s] main but this is not intentional. It could have been a fault on him too.

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“VAR is meant to be for clear and obvious decisions. How someone 300 miles away on a TV screen can knock it over is beyond me.

“You know, when the referee goes to the screen it will be a penalty – it’s pathetic. It’s beyond my competence. “

Newcastle had Ryan Fraser fired in the first half after picking up two bookings in three minutes.

Bruce conceded it was the right choice to give his player two yellow cards. He did, however, take issue with a challenge the star man threw during the match.

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He continued, “I have no problem with the red card – we can’t argue with that and you can’t argue about our poverty in the first half.

“Then there’s a Billy Sharp horror challenge, which should be a straightforward red card.

“It’s obvious. They did not verify it. It’s laughable the whole VAR situation and I don’t think anyone appreciates it.

“I find it hard to cope. Week after week, it ruins the game. “

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Poor night for Newcastle

Newcastle have become the first Premier League team to lose to Sheffield United this season.

The Magpies were forced to defend themselves for much of the game, even before dispatch.

They had their chances, however. Callum Wilson won his two best opportunities, but he was unable to convert both times.

They almost stole a point at the end when Jayden Bogle almost put the ball into his own net, but it was about as good as Bruce’s men.

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