Sky Sports pundit slams VAR 'shocker' after controversial Leeds United v Brentford footage emerges
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Paul Robinson has slammed VAR after a day of controversy in the Premier League with Leeds United also feeling the brunt of a pitchside review in their 5-2 defeat to Brentford.
With the game still goalless in the first half, Ivan Toney was brought down in the box by Luis Sinisterra, as shown on Match of the Day on Saturday night (3 September, 2m54s).
Referee Robert Jones reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor and eventually decided to award Brentford with a penalty, which was scored by Toney as he grabbed the first of his three goals against the Whites.
Former Leeds goalkeeper Robinson was on the fence about the decision and suggested that sometimes you’ll see referees wave incidents like that away.
However, he clearly isn’t impressed with how VAR was used on Saturday as major controversy also struck in Everton v Liverpool, Chelsea v West Ham, Aston Villa v Manchester City and Newcastle v Crystal Palace.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It just falls into that category of, ‘some you get, some you don’t get’ and there wasn’t enough evidence of VAR to overturn it.
“The referee has seen it on the pitch but VAR has had a shocker this weekend.
“I’d been pleasantly pleased with how VAR is going and how it’s improving but this weekend it seems to have taken about 10 steps backwards with the way it’s being used by certain referees in certain ways.
“But I think that penalty decision is one you sometimes get and sometimes don’t.
“Was there enough evidence to overturn the referee’s decision on the pitch?
“There probably wasn’t and it was one of those ones that’s just a matter of opinion.”
Leeds have slipped down the Premier League table having failed to win any of their last three matches against Brighton, Everton and Brentford.
As it stands, the Whites are ninth with an even record of two wins, two draws, two losses, 10 goals scored and 10 goals conceded.
Up next for Jesse Marsch’s side is a clash against Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on Monday, 12 September.
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