Revealed: Why VAR Disallowed Patrick Bamford's Goal For Leeds Against Crystal Palace
VAR has yet again made a decision that has competely changed the course of a match.
Many fans were confused as to why this happened after they saw the replays. It appears that the only part of Bamford that was ahead of the last defender was his arm - which you wouldn't think he could score with.
However, ESPN journalist Dale Johnson stepped up to try and explain the issue. Apparently, new rules allowing the ball to hit your upper arm mean that it is also easier to be offside.
Patrick Bramford offside because of the change in the handball law. Because you can now pay the ball with the top part of your arm the outstretched arm played him offside. This was onside last season to the armpit. #CRYLEE pic.twitter.com/EezUHdxIYQ
- Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) November 7, 2020
Even more disappointing for Leeds fans will be the capitulation of their side shortly after the incident.
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Scott Dann had already put Roy Hodgson's side ahead beforehand, and Eberechi Eze doubled the scoreline just minutes afterwards.
While Bamford did pull one back to make it 2-1, this didn't last long as an own goal by Helder Costa left Marcelo Bielsa's team 3-1 down at half-time.
Jordan Ayew made it 4-1 in the second half, wrapping up the three points for the south Londoners.
After a strong start to the campaign, Leeds have won only one of their last five matches - heavily losing the last two 4-1.
This has left them 14th in the Premier League, although currently still a comfortable seven points ahead of the bottom three.
Facing Arsenal, Everton, and Chelsea in their next three games, Bielsa may have been hoping for a result before the international break - before VAR and Palace snatched the chance away.
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