‘Never’ – Chelsea fans rage after Man City awarded controversial penalty in Premier League fixture

City took the lead via the penalty spot after 25 minutes, with Erling Haaland cooly tucking the ball home for his 16th goal of the season in all competitions. The spot-kick was awarded after referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and then a VAR intervention.

The officials deemed that Haaland had been dragged to the turf by Chelsea left-back Marc Cucurella when attempting to meet a cross from the left flank with a header. It sparked widespread confusion among those in the stands and those watching on TV, with referee Taylor taking an age to point to the spot.

VAR intervened and stood by Taylor&aposs thinking, deciding to award City the opportunity to get their noses in front from 12 yards. Haaland stepped up and duly converted.

However, replays appeared to show Haaland, in fact, grabbing hold of Cucurella&aposs shirt first. The Spaniard then got hold of the former and dragged him, albeit slowly, to the ground.

It was a very soft decision, but one that City benefited from. Unsurprisingly, Chelsea&aposs supporters were left raging with the officials&apos decision to award the spot-kick, with many of them taking to social media to blast Taylor, who has been at the centre of controversy recently.

Below, MEN Sport takes a close look at what they had to say…