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‘It is horrendous’ – Bruno Fernandes penalty sparks furious rant from pundit as Man Utd captain labelled ’embarrassing’

DANNY MURPHY sparked a huge debate after blasting the “horrendous” role of Bruno Fernandes in an “awful” penalty decision.

Fernandes won and converted Manchester United‘s hotly-disputed and match-sealing spot-kick in Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win at Wigan.

Bruno Fernandes went down to win a penalty after Liam Shaw clipped his foot but fans are divided over whether the Man Utd star made a meal of it

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Bruno Fernandes went down to win a penalty after Liam Shaw clipped his foot but fans are divided over whether the Man Utd star made a meal of itCredit: Getty
This tumble and reaction from Fernandes proved controversial

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This tumble and reaction from Fernandes proved controversialCredit: Getty

And ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy pointed the finger at the Red Devils’ midfielder for an “exaggerated fall” after his trailing leg was caught by Latics’ counterpart Liam Shaw.

Many angry fans backed the ex-England star’s verdict but others reckoned it was a clear penalty, even if a soft one.

With no VAR in FA Cup ties, Murphy claimed Fernandes’ actions underlined a growing problem – that of players tumbling after almost no contact.

The talkSPORT pundit said: “It’s horrendous. It is not just Fernandes, we have seen a few of them recently.

“There is a tiny little touch and unfortunately, what we are doing by giving those penalties, is we are encouraging players to dive with any contact.

“Because there was not enough contact to send him over and then he puts his foot on the floor and thinks, ‘Oh, I better go over’.

“It is an exaggerated fall, it is an awful decision and it’s encouraging diving. It is encouraging players to go down.”

Referee Anthony Taylor took his time before awarding the penalty that infuriated Wigan and ended the League One side’s resistance.

Fernandes' dramatic response to the challenge angered some fans

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Fernandes’ dramatic response to the challenge angered some fansCredit: Getty

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And some viewers reckoned Fernandes was entitled to highlight the fact he had been caught, as he spiralled over and clutched his foot.

Legendary ex-Arsenal striker Arsenal Ian Wright had no doubts it was a spot-kick “in the current climate” – as he joined those fans who believed the Portuguese ace had been “clever”.

But one fan called Fernandes an “absolute embarrassment” and added sarcastically: “Great example from the club captain”.

Another posted: “Why’s he holding his shin? Tragic.”

A third joked: “There was more contact with the pensioner I grappled with to get the last box of half price mince pies at Morrisons and she managed to stay on her feet. “

And several accused the 63-cap ex-Sporting Lisbon man, 29, of being a known “diver”.

Danny Murphy blasted Fernandes for an'exaggerated fall'

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Danny Murphy blasted Fernandes for an ‘exaggerated fall’Credit: The Sun

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