VAR is ruining the sport – Grealish fumes after Villa denied equaliser
Jack Grealish believes the VAR is “ruining the sport” after Aston Villa have been denied a late equaliser in opposition to West Ham.
Having earlier missed a penalty on Monday, Ollie Watkins thought he had made it 2-2 in extra time, just for his strike to be dominated out by the VAR following a decent offside name.
Jarrod Bowen’s Forty sixth-minute purpose proved to be the winner after Grealish had cancelled out Angelo Ogbonna’s opener.
However after additional VAR controversy within the Premier League, Grealish stated the system was hurting the sport.
“As for VAR, I’ve shared my views earlier than and it’s now simply getting borderline embarrassing with some off [sic] the choices,” the England worldwide wrote on Twitter.
“Ruining the sport.”
As for VAR, I’ve shared my views earlier than and it’s now simply getting borderline embarrassing with some off the choices. Ruining the sport
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) November 30, 2020
Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith rued the choice, with Watkins seemingly getting fouled by Ogbonna earlier than tucking away Matt Targett’s cross.
“We’ve had a penalty we’ve missed, and a purpose disallowed for part of his physique which may’t put the ball within the internet anyway,” he informed Sky Sports activities.
“The purpose Ollie scores on the finish, they’ve given it as offside for his arm, however the one motive his arm’s out there may be as a result of he’s getting fouled. He both scores or it’s a penalty. I nonetheless don’t perceive that.
“I’m okay if it’s a pink line and it says he’s offside. That’s the rule. But when his arm’s up there as a result of he’s getting fouled, that’s a penalty.
“I gained’t go residence and take into consideration VAR. It frustrates everyone, however there’s no level in getting labored up about it. It’s occurred, I can’t do something about it now.”
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 30, 2020
It got here simply days after Brighton and Hove Albion have been awarded a controversial late penalty to attract in opposition to Liverpool.
There are rising requires change and former England and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher stated it was wanted, pointing to David Marshall’s heroics for Scotland in opposition to Serbia in a Euro 2020 play-off that noticed the goalkeeper initially not rejoice a penalty save.
“I used to be a large fan of VAR. They have been bringing it in to assist the sport and I used to be defending it in the beginning as there have been teething issues, however now we’re on the stage the place the vast majority of individuals on this nation haven’t purchased into it,” he informed Sky Sports activities.
“I don’t assume persons are having fun with soccer as a lot. The second that sums it up for me is David Marshall saving the penalty for Scotland, a large second in his profession and he couldn’t rejoice as he was ready for the referee. If I might return, I’d use VAR another way.”
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