‘That’s an outrageous decision’: Fans rage again against VAR as Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino denied a goal against Aston Villa for marginal offside against Diogo Jota … with the technology marking the line on the elbow of the Reds winger and not on his sleeve.
- Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was denied a goal against Aston Villa by VAR
- Diogo Jota was sidelined leading up to goal
- Fans noticed that VAR drew the line at Jota’s elbow and not his shirt sleeve
- The VAR incident comes a day after Wolves was denied a goal at Fulham
- Jamie Carragher claims that football is losing the idea that players are on the same level
Football fans again rejected the VAR after Roberto Firmino was denied an equalizing goal against Aston Villa on Saturday due to a tight offside.
While the Reds lost 1-0 to Ollie Watkins’ strike, Firmino pulled out a few seconds before half time for what appeared to be a reasonable goal, but VAR saw a potential offside at Diogo Jota.
The video tech official drew the line at the Liverpool winger’s elbow – rather than his sleeve according to the normal rules – and Jota was deemed to be ahead of Villa defender Tyrone Mings when a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold was made.
Roberto Firmino was denied a goal against Aston Villa by VAR due to offside on Diogo Jota
Fans were angry with VAR when the technology drew a line on Jota’s elbow and not his sleeve
Fans were keen to see where the line was drawn and took to social media to vent their anger.
One fan tweeted: ‘That’s just a shameful phone call from the VAR. they put the line around Jota’s elbow! ‘
Another wrote: ‘How is this offside? The line is drawn on his elbow ffs f *** VAR ‘
Meanwhile, a fan asked, ‘What part of iota was offside that he can score from ????? VAR is a joke. ‘
Fans took to Twitter to show their disapproval of VAR after the Anfield incident
A supporter tweeted: ‘Clear and obvious mistake after 4 minutes of crossing lines because of where an elbow is. VAR continues to suck life out of games. Regardless of the team’s loyalty, I haven’t heard anyone think that makes football a better watch. #VAR #LIVAVL ‘
The VAR controversy at Anfield came a day after Wolves were denied a goal against Fulham on Friday night for another marginal offside position.
Willian Jose headed a goal in the first half for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, but Daniel Podence turned out to be offside in similar circumstances despite the lines looking flat.
The incident at Anfield comes a day after Wolves was denied a similar goal at Fulham
Gary Lineker has expressed his disapproval of the influence of VAR on games in recent days
BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted about the VAR controversy this weekend, saying, ‘I’m sorry, but VAR is getting more ridiculous by the day. How on earth can they say with any confidence that that’s offside? Same as last night’s disallowed goal. Ridiculous. ‘
Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher has claimed that football has lost the idea of players being level with each other in the tight offside calls due to VAR.
Carragher said on Sky duty, “The only thing that worries me are these tight wingers. We lost what the level is.
‘I think we are all used to growing up and watching football. We all know what the level is. That’s what we lost.
Jamie Carragher has lost the idea that players are ‘right’ on offside calls due to VAR
‘I think if it were against Aston Villa we (Liverpool supporters) would say the same.’
VAR controversy was also seen in Leeds United’s Manchester City game when technology handed white defender Liam Cooper a red card late in the first half.
Referee Andre Marriner initially gave the center-back a yellow card for a high tackle on City’s Gabriel Jesus, but VAR increased the penalty to a red card.
After being dismissed, Cooper was heard through BT Sport cameras that he ‘had the ball’, while the Leeds captain tweeted, ‘It is what it is!’ after the match.