Pep Guardiola’s side came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 but benefited from dubious decisions as VAR was not in use
Adrian Durham believes Manchester City should replay their FA Cup with Swansea City.
City benefitted from a dubious penalty and replays showed Sergio Aguero’s winner was offside as City came back from 2-0 down to win the tie 3-2.
However, if VAR had been used it could have been a different story.
The system has been used in this year’s FA Cup but only at Premier League grounds.
As the match was at the Liberty Stadium it was not in use and City boss Pep Guardiola even apologised for his side benefiting from the decisions.
But talkSPORT host Durham thinks Guardiola and City should extend their apology and “do the decent thing” by offering the Championship club a replay.
Durham said: “In the past we have suggested that a game should be replayed because of a dodgy decision.
“I totally understand all those who say you just can’t do it because there were other decisions earlier in the game and it would happen all the time.
“This one I think is slightly different – Man City beating Swansea 3-2 having been 2-0 down.
“There was a dubious penalty in there but more than that we can see Aguero is offside for the winning goal but there is no VAR and there was VAR in a couple of the other quarter-finals.
“For me this debate is absolutely valid. If Manchester City, who we know have the best resources in the country bar none, just as a reward and giving Swansea what they deserve they should go to them and say ‘look it wasn’t right, there wasn’t VAR, do you want a replay of the game?’”
Durham’s co-host, Darren Gough, did not agree that it should be replayed, though.
He said: “Have you lost the plot? So what are they going to say ‘I’ll tell you what we are going to do, we feel sorry for Swansea so we will have a replay. We’ll ring them up and say look we got away with it, let’s be honest about it and let’s have a replay’.
“It’s not happening. It just can’t happen. It’s ridiculous with all the games Manchester City have got to play going for the quadruple and you want them to play an extra game just because a penalty decision went their way?”
Durham said: “First things first, it is the decent, right and proper thing to do. That is the right thing for Manchester City to do. I think they know it and everybody knows it.”
Gough said: “What I would do if I were Swansea is put a complaint in with the FA because Swansea have all the facilities to use VAR at the Liberty.
“But what I didn’t realise is that the FA will only use it at Premier League stadiums but Swansea have a Premier League stadium.
Durham said: “It can’t happen every single week or every single year in the cup. This is an extraordinary set of circumstances and the whole thing you have just talked about there, this whole VAR thing, is totally unfair. It’s totally unworkable and has cost Swansea what would have been an amazing extra-time and potential shock in the FA Cup.”