Sheffield United secured a solid 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (BBC Sport), however it could have been an even better result for Chris Wilder’s side.
Is VAR ruining football?
Indeed, as well as George Baldock’s goal, David McGoldrick also found the back of the net in the game but his effort was controversially ruled out by VAR.
It wasn’t even the Republic of Ireland international who was adjudged to be offside, nor was it Enda Stevens who provided the cross.
The decision went back to another phase of play prior to the goal, with the technology suggesting that John Lundstram’s toe was marginally offside (@premierleague).
The call was extremely harsh, and it has led to many in the media slamming VAR after the game including talkSPORT host Adrian Durham who described it as “garbage” (via @talkSPORTdrive).
After seeing why the goal was chalked off on social media, plenty of Sheffield United fans were left raging with the decision.
Here is what some had to say about VAR’s decision on Twitter…
Any football fan no matter who you support can surely see how utterly ridiculous this is… never offside and the fact it took over 3 minutes to conclude is unacceptable.
— John Smith (@lovebladesme) November 9, 2019
What’s that about clear and obvious… head and shoulders both appear beyond the yellow line.. and the ball had yet to be actually played… picture shows so many reasons why VAR is not correct!
— Danny Shepherd (@AlienBlade1981) November 9, 2019
🤡s at VAR HQ: Dier’s head & shoulder forward of the line; the yellow line runs thru his knee, the red line on the end of Lunny’s toe. You can’t operate VAR with that level of incompetence.
— ⚔️By McGoldrick’s Beard⚔️ (@EL_wordo) November 10, 2019
Absolutely ridiculous call!!!! 😡. The goal that followed wasn’t even in the same phase of play as numerous Spurs players had touched the ball in between, which if they’d cleared efficiently, we wouldn’t even be talking about this as there wouldn’t have been a decision to make!
— James Boyman (@jboyms) November 10, 2019
Ridiculous decision. VAR 100% ruining the game. Also means games refereed with VAR are basically a different sport. It’s just a completely different game. Even the celebrations to then be chopped off is garbage. Desperate for perfection. Which is impossible. Leave the game alone.
— Salvesen Under 14’s (@salvesen2006s) November 9, 2019
— David Grayson (@64Shergar) November 9, 2019
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