Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has expressed his disagreement with the decision to rule Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford as offside after scoring against Crystal Palace in November.
Halsey shares concerns
The Whites were beaten 4-1 by the Eagles. Bamford did score his side’s only goal of the game, but he had the ball in the back of the net on a second occasion previous to that, chipping one calmly over the goalkeeper. However, his strike was chalked off as his armpit appeared to be offside after VAR intervened.
“His armpit was [offside]. In my lifetime, I’ve never seen a player score with his armpit, have you?
“Listen, the IFAB and I think David Elleray’s at fault with some of these law changes, it’s just unbelievable. It’s not good, what they’ve done. It’s not been thought through.
“I don’t think that they ever thought about these scenarios when they brought in VAR regarding the offsides, I really don’t, but now it needs to be looked at – seriously looked at.”
Continues to be an issue
Leeds fans will not be the only supporters to be unhappy with how VAR works after IFAB’s intervention. The offside rule remains flawed, and Bamford himself complained that it is ruining the game. The handball rule, too, has come under intense criticism.
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This can only go on for so long before changes once again need to be made. Marcelo Bielsa and co, like everyone else in the top flight, will have their eyes on what IFAB do next. One thing’s for sure – things cannot continue as they are right now.
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