Valencia Reportedly Believe 'Illegal' Marouane Fellaini Goal Cost Them €9.5M

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United scores the opening goal during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford on November 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Valencia reportedly believe Marouane Fellaini's late "illegal" winner for Manchester United against Young Boys during Tuesday's UEFA Champions League action cost them €9.5 million, as Los Che have managed their budget believing they would progress from the group stages.

According to AS (h/t Sport Witness), the Spaniards were furious when they learned Fellaini "deprived" them of the money even though they still would have had to beat United in their final match had he not scored a winner.

The report also stated Los Che were left with "indignation" when they saw the goal after their loss against Juventus.

Their manager Marcelino was quoted as saying: "We are surprised that VAR is not in the Champions League. ... That his goal is with the hand, it angers more."

The Swiss visitors did an excellent job shutting down United's attack until Fellaini found some space inside the box in the final minutes, spinning and firing home. Replays showed he clearly handled the ball, however.

The goal led to some hilarity on social media:

Barney Ronay @barneyronay

Fellaini might have to retire when VAR comes in. His entire philosophy on the game will be obsolete overnight

With the goal, United booked their spot in the next round, sending Valencia to the UEFA Europa League. 

As a result, the Spanish were understandably less thrilled about the incident, as shared by sportswriter Richard Martin:

Richard Martin @Rich9908

Spanish TV going a bit over the top with Fellaini handball, showing montages of Maradona's Hand of God and replaying Fellaini incident with haunting music..

Valencia's chances of advancing to the knockout stages seemed slim at best when the draw was made, as Juventus started the year among the title favourites and United remain a far bigger side than Los Che.

Their dreadful form to start the season didn't help matters―Valencia have still won just three La Liga matches so far this campaign.

A draw away to Young Boys in October and United's win at the Allianz Stadium made their job that much harder, setting up Tuesday's scenario. If Bern had held on for a draw at Old Trafford, the difference between the Red Devils and Valencia would have been three points, giving them a chance on the final matchday.

United finish the group stages at the Mestalla Stadium, where Valencia have only managed wins against Young Boys and Rayo Vallecano this season.