Gary Lineker jokes Iran got late penalty against England as VAR felt sorry for them after being run ragged in World Cup clash – ‘It’s the only explanation’

    Gary Lineker joked VAR must have awarded Iran a late penalty out of sympathy after being handed a World Cup humiliation by England.

    Iran were 6-1 down as the game ticked beyond 100 minutes in the Group B opener. But there was still time for Iran to be awarded a spot-kick out of nowhere.

    Mehdi Taremi got his second of the match after converting a penalty in the 13th minute of added time in the second half

    Getty

    Mehdi Taremi got his second of the match after converting a penalty in the 13th minute of added time in the second half

    It came after John Stones was deemed to have fouled Morteza Pouraliganji in the box

    twitter

    It came after John Stones was deemed to have fouled Morteza Pouraliganji in the box

    Referee Raphael Claus was asked to go over to the VAR monitor to review a possible foul on Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji after England defended a free-kick.

    The defender had hit the deck after battling for the ball with John Stones, with replays showing the Manchester City defender had held of the bottom of the Iran star’s shirt.

    And after reviewing the footage, the referee pointed to the spot.

    Iran’s Mehdi Taremi made no mistake and converted his side’s penalty to secure his second goal of the afternoon.

    But ex-England striker Lineker didn’t think the incident warranted a penalty, leading him to joke that VAR probably felt sorry for Iran as they conceded six goals in their opening game.

    “It’s the only explanation!” Lineker said when initially suggesting VAR felt sorry for Iran.

    Harry Maguire probably should have also had a penalty in the first half

    Getty

    Harry Maguire probably should have also had a penalty in the first half

    Replays show Maguire being clearly manhandled in the box

    twitter

    Replays show Maguire being clearly manhandled in the box

    Lineker wasn’t the only England fan left confused by the decision which he deemed to be slightly soft, given Harry Maguire had been denied one in the first half for a heavier challenge.

    The Manchester United captain had been grappling to get on the end of a cross when he was manhandled by Rouzbeh Cheshmi, with the Iran star putting his arms round Maguire from behind.

    However, despite England’s protests, the incident didn’t even go to review.

    Despite the last-minute penalty decision, England go top of Group B, with Wales still to face USA at 7pm – live on talkSPORT.

    talkSPORT World Cup 2022 Coverage

    talkSPORT will be offering wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup

    We’ll be broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.

    You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

    talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.

    Source

    Previous articleSenegal 0-0 Netherlands LIVE commentary: Frenkie de Jong and Virgil van Dijk miss big chances as Dutch begin to dominate
    Next articleUSA vs Wales – World Cup 2022 LIVE: Stream FREE, TV channel, kick-off time, team news for TONIGHT’S clash