Swansea City have ruled out a complaint against the Football Association, despite saying the club is “in the dark” over the controversial decision to deprive them of a video assistant referee which would have swung this knife-edge quarter-final in their favour.
The Liberty Stadium is easily equipped to use the technology, but the FA informed the club prior to this pulsating encounter that it would be sticking with its policy to only use it only at Premier League grounds for cup weekends.
With VAR in use for the two other Saturday quarter-finals, its absence in South Wales had perplexed Pep Guardiola, even though his side had benefited thanks to two dubious second-half goals. A soft penalty and then an offside header from Sergio Aguero just two minutes later dragged the carpet from under the Welsh side, who been leading 2-0 for more than an hour.
Guardiola said sorry afterwards, and Swansea supporters raged. However, as the dust settles, the club concluded it would be wasting its time in complaining to the FA. “We’re proud of the performance from our team,” a senior club source said. “It was a disappointing decision but there’s no point in showing sour grapes.”
The last-gasp Aguero winner had been so cruel on the Welsh side and got the better of a small sections of home fans, for whom the beer had been flowing since Wales triumphed in the Six Nations earlier. Afterwards, South Wales Police arrested three male youths for running onto the pitch. Following a week in which pitch invasions have been such a talking point in football, the police match commander, Superintendent Steve Jones, said the fans would be “dealt with robustly.”