A couple of days ago, Declan Rice made headlines when he said he no longer enjoys playing football because of Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Declan Rice’s ‘handball’ against Sheffield United caused controversy after it led to West Ham being denied a last minute equaliser and fans are pointing out how inconsistent the rule is.
The Hammers thought they had an injury time goal against Sheffield United on Friday night when Robert Snodgrass looked to have scored but in the build up the ball was headed against Rice’s hand.
VAR ruled the goal out with the change in the handball rule meaning even an accidental handling in the scoring of a goal would be ruled out. But fans have pointed out that some far more blatant handballs have somehow been missed, even by VAR.
The three pics below somehow are all from Liverpool games.
Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball in Liverpool’s win over Manchester City earlier in the season with the Reds going up the other end of the pitch within a minute to open the scoring.
The second example saw Virgil van Dijk control the ball during the game against Wolves on December 29th. VAR somehow managed to check a potential handling from Lallana but for some reason failed to check Van Dijk controlling the ball with his arm in the lead up to the goal. This is on island far more blatant than the Rice incident.
Third example saw Defender, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal bound shot was virtually saved by the Villa defender but the referee didn’t point to the spot, before Roberto Firmino was later ruled offside for his equaliser due to his armpit.
Do you think VAR has help make football matches more fair or less entertaining to watch?