ARSENAL defender Shkodran Mustafi blasted VAR after he suffered nasty cuts to his face in a collision with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy last night.
The German defender was on the end of Vardy’s boot just before the end of the first-half after the pair clashed challenging for the ball.
Mustafi was visibly marked up by the incident and has shown his frustration on social media by lashing out at VAR.
In response to a snap of his injuries on Instagram, he commented sarcastically: “VAR still checking.”
Manager Mikel Arteta was fuming that Vardy escaped being sent off as the striker would later equalise for the Foxes.
Arsenal were down to 10 men when Vardy scored, after forward Eddie Nketiah’s challenge on James Justin was upgraded from a yellow to a red card following referee Chris Kavanagh’s decision to check the VAR monitor.
Football = war 👞🤕
Arteta said: “With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player and you have to know that he is a young kid.
“But if that is a red card then Leicester have to play with 10 men after 42 minutes [when the Vardy-Mustafi clash happened].
“That has to be a red card as well.”
Mustafi shared an image from the match of his damaged face along with the message: “There is nothing more painful than not winning a game you deserved to win.”
Fans online were left outraged Vardy went unpunished while Nketiah was dismissed.
There is nothing more painful than not winning a game you deserved to win 👊🏻 #SM20
One said: “If Nketiah’s challenge is red, then Vardy’s is red as well.”
Another said: “Nobody is disputing Nketiah’s dismissal. Even though there was no malice, it endangered his opponent.
“However, the same could be said for this challenge, yet Vardy didn’t even receive a yellow card, and VAR wasn’t consulted. At least be consistent with your decisions.”
Another angle on this disgusting bit of play from vardy… pic.twitter.com/pySJiVGcRE
The logic used was Nketiah didn’t mean it so he shouldn’t have been sent off. Jamie Vardy probably didn’t mean this but he still did it. Booted Mustafi in the head. Not even looked at by Chris Kavanagh who shouldn’t be a professional referee the moron. pic.twitter.com/hq6CHG5IHG
Vardy checks where Mustafi is and swings his leg – this is criminal pic.twitter.com/mYrw5i1s3F
If Nketiah’s challenge is red, then Vardy’s is red as well. pic.twitter.com/yzrSYr7YJB
Nobody is disputing Nketiah’s dismissal. Even though there was no malice, it endangered his opponent. However, the same could be said for this challenge, yet Vardy didn’t even receive a yellow card, and VAR wasn’t consulted. At least be consistent with your decisions, @FA. pic.twitter.com/3C4p3DsRJs
Nketiah no intent but reckless and dangerous, Vardy no intent but reckless and dangerous….one player red carded, no action again the other. pic.twitter.com/lmkipzjBsV