It was an exciting matchweek in the English Premier League last weekend. Leicester City continued their amazing run of form by breaking down a resolute Crystal Palace defence to register a 2-0 victory over the Eagles. However, the real drama unfolded in the games featuring the top two in the Premier League.
Manchester City found themselves trailing for the better part of the game, thanks to a goal from Southampton's James Ward-Prowse. Liverpool found themselves trailing for even longer than their title rivals, needing late goals from Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane to clinch the three points. However, moments after Trezeguet gave Aston Villa the lead against Liverpool, Roberto Firmino had a goal chalked off for offside. The reason? His armpit was ahead of the final line of defence.
VAR reviewed the decision and ruled out Firmino's effort. Once again, social media was sent into a frenzy, owing to VAR's controversial debut in the Premier League. Among the many personalities and entities that poked fun at the incident, Maharashtra Police saw an opportunity which they grabbed with both lawful hands.
Maharashtra Police decided to use the example of Firmino's 'goal' to alert the citizens of Maharashtra about obeying the laws on the road. Maharashtra Police have been known to pick up popular trends from social media to put a positive spin on these events to send across a light-hearted message. Here are a few more of their gems.
#RoadSafety is not a game! In order to enforce traffic rules more effectively, Maharashtra Police introduced 96 Interceptor Vehicles on Oct 5. These vehicles will keep a check on the speed limit, hence saving lives of the citizens. pic.twitter.com/oqtA04hbqG— Maharashtra Police (@DGPMaharashtra) October 7, 2019
Liverpool vs Aston Villa wasn't the only game to have a VAR controversy during Matchday 11. Frank Lampard also blasted VAR for awarding a penalty to Watford during Chelsea's 2-1 win over the Premier League basement boys. Jurgen Klopp also had a few words on the incident, stating that since managers are sacked based on the results in the league, VAR should be finetuned in order to prevent debatable decisions.
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