Lots of controversy has trailed Jon Moss’s decision to award a penalty to Manchester United on Thursday, after Bruno Fernandes appeared to be fouled by Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa in the 18 yard area.
Many have criticised the referee’s decision, and labelled Fernandes a ‘cheat’ for pretending to be fouled just to trick Moss into awarding United a penalty. But the Portuguese has reacted to the claims, and dismissed them as inaccurate.
According to Fernandes, he was fouled by Konsa, and the penalty decision was correct.
“It was a penalty. The referee said it was a penalty — I don’t provoke the contact,” he told Sky Sports.
“I just bring the ball back. I give the first touch. The guy (Ezri Konsa) tried to take the ball. His leg stays down off me, but I need to move around with my legs. He takes me and I take him. It was a normal contact and for the referee it was a penalty. I’m happy to have scored and opened the game there, but everyone can have their different opinions.”
To be honest, we doubt Fernandes would have pretended to be fouled just so he could score, when we clearly aren’t lacking in the goals department. In fact, United’s front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have 55 goals between them this season, which is more than Liverpool’s front three have managed.