SPARE a thought for the unlucky punter who claims a controversial VAR decision denied him winning £45,000 from a 25p bet.

A man, known as Ross on Twitter, claimed to be one game away from winning the huge jackpot before Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

He had placed an accumulator with SkyBet that consisted of five games with both teams to score in each half – odds of a whopping 185327/1.

They included Peterborough’s draw with Ipswich, Stoke’s draw with Derby, Doncaster’s win over Fleetwood and Barnsley’s draw with Charlton.

He was handed a stroke of luck when Charlton scored a last-gasp penalty to keep the bet alive heading into the final match.

And he must have thought his luck was in when the first half of City’s clash finished 2-1.

A second half equaliser by Spurs meant he needed the Premier League champions to hit the net to pocket the fortune.

And he would have been jumping for joy when striker Gabriel Jesus thought he had scored in the dying embers of the clash.

But celebrations were short lived when it was ruled out by VAR after Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled the ball.

Ross uploaded a screen grab of his alleged heartbreak to Twitter alongside the caption: “Imagine VAR knocking you out of £45k.”

Some people appeared to have sympathy on him with one commenting: “@SkyBet sort the poor lad out.”

Another added: “Sickening.”

Man City’s last-gasp goal was ruled out by VAR