Bruno Fernandes demands PGMOL apology after Man Utd loss and calls out Jon Moss

Erik ten Hag assesses defeat to Spurs

Manchester United midfielder has Bruno Fernandes demanded an apology from the body responsible for referees and called out Jon Moss after a first-half incident during their 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur. United felt aggrieved that they weren’t awarded a 26th minute penalty after Alejandro Garnacho’s curling effort appeared to hit the outstretched arm of Christian Romero.

With the game goalless at the time the key decision could have swung momentum in United’s favour. Despite the on-field decision by Michael Oliver being reviewed on VAR no penalty was awarded resulting in Fernandes demanding an apology from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), who are responsible for referees.

The United midfielder also called out Jon Moss, manager of the Premier League referees at PGMOL. After the game he told Stadium Astro: “You’ll have to ask him (referee Michael Oliver). They have to start making interviews after the games so they can explain themselves.

“It’s a clear penalty. No excuses for not seeing, no excuses for the VAR to not see that. Last week they made a big thing for United not having a penalty against us (for Wolves). I want to see what’s going to happen this week. If it’s going to happen…the same show that they did last week.

“I want to see if Jon Moss also comes to apologise in our dressing room, like they said they did for the manager of Wolves. I hope he’s here and he can come.” This came after Wolves were denied a late penalty in their 1-0 defeat to the Red Devils on Monday night.

United goalkeeper Andre Onana flattened Wolves striker Sasa Kalajdzic as the duo challenged for Pedro Neto’s cross, but no penalty was awarded. Erik ten Hag reacted to that incident and told his players they cannot rely on the decision of officials to bail them out of trouble all season.

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Speaking about the penalty incident against Tottenham the United boss was left wondering why his side weren’t awarded the penalty. He said: “We deserved a penalty, I don’t know why (it wasn’t given). It’s a penalty. Absolutely a penalty. It changes the direction of the ball and he’s blocking, the hand is right above (him).”

Tottenham took advantage of the decision taking a 49th minute lead through Pape Matar Sarr strike and then a Lisandro Martinez own goal secured Tottenham the points seven minutes from time.

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