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VAR Rules Out Jack Grealish's Goal for Aston Villa Against Burnley

VAR Rules Out Jack Grealish's Goal for Aston Villa Against Burnley

The first big VAR decision of the year has seen Jack Grealish's goal vs Burnley ruled out because Wesley's heel was deemed to be offside in the build-up.

The Aston Villa skipper thought he'd put his side 1-0 up away at Turf Moor with a brilliant header but before you knew it the referee went to VAR and disallowed the goal in what was another incredibly marginal offside decision.

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It's the latest in a whole host of goals being chalked off for ridiculously tight offside calls over the Christmas period, with the likes of Teemu Pukki Pedro Neto and Lys Mousset all being denied goals following the input of VAR.

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Grealish didn't feel sorry for himself after the call though as he laid on an assist for Wesley's opener before then extending the lead with a stunning strike just before half-time.

Still, the way in which VAR is being utilised with offsides is frustrating fans, with a petition calling for the removal of the technology now on over 13,000 signatures.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, now head of officiating in China, believes the Premier League need to persist with VAR but suggests excluding marginal offsides.

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"Go back to the assistant referee flagging for offside," Clattenburg writes in his column for the Daily Mail.

"Yes, mistakes will be made, but I think the five goals that were disallowed over the weekend for marginal offsides - toes and armpits - would all have stood.

"And at least this removes the farcical nature of players not knowing if they are offside before scoring a goal. If you see a flag, you're off. VAR was never introduced to rule out the types of marginal offsides we have seen recently."

Topics: Football News, Aston Villa, Football, Jack Grealish, Premier League, Burnley, VAR

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.