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Ian Holloway issues verdict on controversial Reading decision

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Ian Holloway has stated that it’s good there is no VAR in the Championship after Reading were awarded a controversial penalty in their victory over Wigan.

Lucas Boye was deemed to have been fouled by Chey Dunkley and it turned out to be a moment that was pivotal in deciding the outcome of the match.

George Puscas stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick before managing to net twice more in the space of five minutes to record his first hat-trick of the Championship season.

Holloway has expressed that sometimes you see decisions like that given, but it was harsh. He also insisted that he’s happy there wasn’t VAR looking over the controversial decision.

Speaking on the EFL highlights show on Quest, Holloway said: “It was harsh but it also looked a penalty as he (Dunkley) clattered in to him afterwards.

“I’m glad we haven’t got VAR on it. At the end of the day the lad (Puscas) stuck it in, whether it was or whether it wasn’t a penalty who knows but his second goal was brilliant.”

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The Verdict

It was a massive moment in the game, and you can see why Wigan would have felt hard done by. Although, when looking at the replays, it’s hard to argue that the referee could give anything else but a penalty.

At first the defender looks to have handled it, before clattering Argentinian Boye in the penalty area. Puscas did very well to slot home from 12-yards, and then managed to net another two which was fantastic to see after his barren spell.

You really do have to echo Holloway’s statement about VAR, and who knows how long we’d have had to wait for that decision.


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