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Steve Bruce expressed his dismay at the VAR’s decision to award a penalty to Sheffield United in their 1-0 loss to the Blades.
Federico Fernández was awarded by the VAR for having handled the ball in the area, which resulted in the winning goal.
The Magpies’ defender was being teased by penalty taker Billy Sharp in the run-up to the incident.
And after the game, Bruce said he was not happy with the penalty award.
“The penalty puzzles me,” he said. BBC Sport. “The referee got it right in real time.
“That hits [Fernandez’s] hand but not intentional. It could also have been a fault for him.
“The VAR is supposed to be for clear and obvious decisions. How someone 300 miles away on a television screen can tip it over is beyond my understanding.
“You know that when the referee goes to the screen it will be a penalty, it’s pathetic. It is beyond me. “
Newcastle Ryan Fraser was fired in the first half after collecting two cautions in three minutes.
Bruce admitted that it was the right decision to give his player two yellow cards. However, he disagreed with a challenge Sharp made during the game.
He continued: “I have no problem with the red card, we cannot discuss that and you cannot discuss how poor we are in the first half.
“Then there is a Billy Sharp horror challenge, which should be a direct red card.
“It is obvious. They did not check it. The whole VAR situation is laughable and I don’t think anyone likes it.
“I am struggling to cope. Week after week, he’s ruining 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.
Magpies were forced to defend for much of the game, even before being sent off.
However, they had their chances. His two best chances fell to Callum Wilson, but he couldn’t convert either time.
They almost stole a point right at the end when Jayden Bogle was about to put the ball into his own net, but that was the best for Bruce’s men.