VAR Rules Out Wolves Equaliser Against Liverpool At Anfield
Another Premier League game, another instance in which VAR is the main talking point.
While the technology was used correctly to overturn Sadio Mane's disallowed goal after Anthony Taylor had wrongly deemed that Adam Lallana handled the ball, again we had another embarrassing offside VAR fiasco.
Pedro Neto thought he had levelled matters for the visitors at Anfield on the stroke of half-time, only for VAR and those dodgy lines to rule that Jonny Otto's hand was offside.
Jonny was penalised for the tightest of offside calls and Neto's strike was chalked off by VAR.- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 29, 2019
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The goal was subsequently ruled out, leading to Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo being shown a yellow card and both "#LiVARpool and "#varout" trending on Twitter.
Fans fumed over the decision, which adds to a long list of recent disallowed goals for marginal offsides over the Christmas period:
This is our game now. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/FYvhrnvVuB- Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) December 29, 2019
This is absolutely ridiculous. When you're using VAR to check whether someone's a millimeter offside, that's just silly. Wolves goal should've stood pic.twitter.com/D1lIY2kNvR- Monty Taylor (@Mdavistaylor) December 29, 2019
Souness just made an excellent point on Sky Sports about VAR. Only any part of the body that can legitimately touch the ball should be considered if off/onside. So Wolves goal should've stood.- Andrew Liu (@AndrewLiu5) December 29, 2019
Petition for VAR to be removed from football or at least severly revised because I am sick of it consistantly screwing over my team :rage: @Wolves- Emma Bourke (@emma_bourke) December 29, 2019
Right. VAR. WTF - can someone explain why the lines are behind the Wolves players hand? Do armpits count for offsides but not hands?! pic.twitter.com/Kp39DXe5Zh- Tom the FPL Jester (@FPLjester) December 29, 2019
Souness nailed it with VAR then. It's ridiculous looking for someone to be millimetres offside via a fingernail, armpit etc. Harsh on Wolves.- The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) December 29, 2019
Not the thoughts of Sky Sports though. :wink:
I'm of the opinion that VAR is good for football, but Wolves' disallowed goal shows the definition of offside needs to be changed.- Lee Seng Foo (@sengfoo88) December 29, 2019
I preferred football when the refs made the odd mess up rather than this VAR mess- Bateson87 (@bateson87) December 29, 2019
Yes VAR has made the game 1-0 to us rather than 0-1 to Wolves. But it's taking something out of this sport
Feel for Wolves on that equaliser - the latest in a growing list of examples on offsides and VAR. First one is a spot on call that isn't controversial in the slightest, though. Not to be painted with the same brush.- Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 29, 2019
Thoughts are with football at this difficult time.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 29, 2019
Oh for Christ sake, the lines and dots are out.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 29, 2019
It feels like we are having the same conversation every set of fixtures because of the way in which VAR is being used. No wonder people are falling out of love with the game.