(Video) VAR denies stonewall Liverpool penalty after Gabriel clearly handles ball

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Liverpool appeared to be denied what looked a bolt-on penalty after Gabriel was caught handling the ball inside his own box.

The Merseysiders went down early within the opening minute of action at the Emirates but were denied an opportunity to level the scoreline following an extremely brief VAR review.

Footage shared on Twitter by @A37041054 clearly shows the Arsenal star with his arm raised to meet the ball in an unnatural position.

You can catch the clip below, courtesy of beIN Sports:

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  1. Arsenal fan here.
    I honestly can’t say whether that is a penalty or not. His hands were not by his side but I wouldn’t say he was making himself big, either. And, how far away do you have to be before it is not ball to hands?

  2. It is so unfortunate that when match ref is not fired like coaches when he makes a decision when Gabriel handled the ball in the penalty area. Coaches lose jobs through refs decision.Gabriel was close to Nunez but he moved his left arm to the direction of the ball.By so doing it was supposed to be a penalty.Should it had been given it should have raised the moral of Liverpool players.I don’t take away anything from Arsenal they played well but they had a helping hand. This is not an opinion but a fact.Every unbiased person could have seen that.I hope this is not a tautology as you always claim.

  3. First off it was Jota who tried to cross the ball – watch the game properly.

    It is not the technology of VAR that is the problem – it is the standard of referees who control games – on the field and in the VAR booth.

    They missed the blatant rugby tackle on Diaz by Partey – not even a foul given or yellow card. Why was not the VAR used to punish the assaults going on late in the game?

    If the referees cannot see countless offences during the game they should go to Specsavers.

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