Paul Robinson: Leeds were 'very lucky' to see Harry Kane goal chalked off
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Paul Robinson has said that “Leeds were very lucky” to see Harry Kane’s goal ruled out for offside by VAR last weekend.
Leeds claimed another big scalp at Elland Road with a 3-1 win and thoroughly deserved the victory against a poor Spurs side.
However, in the latest VAR controversy, acting Spurs manager Ryan Mason said he was ‘shocked’ by the decision to rule out the goal that would have given Tottenham a 2-1 lead midway through the first half.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Leeds were very lucky there – that was VAR at its worst.
“It’s exactly what fans don’t want to see and it denied an absolutely brilliant finish from Harry Kane. What an absolutely brilliant goal that would have been.
“I’ve looked at it 10-15 times and I’m still not sure whether it was onside or offside.
“In situations like that the attacker should be given the benefit of the doubt.
“That’s coming from a Leeds point of view as well as a Spurs point of view. Leeds have had brilliant goals chalked off in the same way this season.
“I still don’t think VAR is the problem, though, it’s the people using it.
“The lines that are drawn on the screen – how do they know if the ball’s on the foot, left the foot?
“In situations like this you should do what the Bundesliga are doing and give a margin of error, with this going in the attacker’s favour.
“We have the worst implementation of VAR across Europe, everywhere else seems to be getting it right.
“We don’t implement the technology the way that we should.”
Leeds might have been unlucky in that one incident but they thoroughly deserved the 3-1 win that’s lined us up for a top-half finish.
The return of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha will also give Leeds a boost as they prepare to face Burnley on Saturday.
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