Soccer pundits around the world have blasted the “worst decision in history of football” after VAR robbed Leeds United an equalising goal against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
Patrick Bamford and millions watching at home were certain he’d scored to make it 1-1 at Selhurst Park in the 19th minute, but some controversial letter-of-the-law officiating ruled it out.
Watch the VAR call in the video above
Bamford’s feet and body were clearly behind the last defender before he collected a pinpoint pass – but his arms were outstretched and therefore a part of his body was technically offside.
Crystal Palace went on to win 4-1 and fans were left seething alongside the pundits.
Australian soccer pundit Adam Peacock tweeted “Ffs change the law. Feet only”, while Bamford didn’t mince his words after the game.
“I don’t understand the rule,” Bamford told the BBC.
“You can’t score with your arm. It doesn’t make sense. It’s happened with me today but I’ve seen it on numerous occasions.
“It’s ruining football. You want to see goals. To have it ruled out for something like that is daft.
“Even the referee couldn’t make sense of it. When the players and the officials can’t make sense of it … does it make sense?”
Former Premier League player Robbie Savage ridiculed the call.
“His body is onside, he’s leaning forward and pointing to where he wants the ball,” Savage told BT Sport.
“The line has been drawn on his arm, where it’s not handball, on his sleeve, that’s what they’re saying is offside.
“That is quite incredible. That is the most unbelievable one I think we’ve ever seen. Wow.
“That is the worst I’ve ever seen. That is the worst (decision) I’ve ever seen in the history of football.”
There was also controversy during Liverpool’s clash against Manchester City when VAR awarded the Sky Blues a contentious penalty.
Reds defender Joe Gomez was judged to have handled the ball despite most viewers agreeing he didn’t have time to avoid the cross from Kevin De Bruyne.
“In the real world that’s not a penalty … the whole thing is a nonsense,” Manchester United great Gary Neville said.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was even more scathing.
“If you’re a defender now I don’t know what you’re supposed to do,” Carragher said.
“We’re asking defenders to run along with their arms behind your back, that’s what we’re getting to. How can you defend?”
De Bruyne missed the go-ahead penalty and the match finished 1-1.