By George Overhill

9th Jan, 2022 | 8:10pm

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani reacts to Leeds United VAR decision

Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani was unequivocal in his assessment of the West Ham opener at the London stadium on Sunday.

In a Twitter response to a clip of the goal posted by the club’s official account along with thinking and shrugging emojis, the Italian wrote: “Very clear to everyone”.

The obvious inference was that he believed the goal was offside since ex-Hammers favourite Dean Ashton was questioning the legality of the goal in the clip commentary.

Both Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio were in offside positions in the Leeds United penalty area when Nikola Vlasic made contact with the ball in a challenge with Whites defender Leo Hjelde.

But while the Jamaican did not interfere with play, the Englishman ran across to compete for the loose ball with Vlasic and goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Manuel Lanzini subsequently slammed the ball into the net and, after a VAR review, the goal was given.

Miserable trip to London

With Marcelo Bielsa missing a whole host of players through injury, United really needed luck to go their way in the capital.

Unfortunately the opposite was the case as the sequence preceding the goal was ruled not to constitute offside, before Bowen went on to put the game beyond doubt himself in second-half injury time.

As such it was unsurprising that the chairman was unimpressed by what turned out to be arguably the key point in the match.

West Ham were perhaps the better side on the day but had that decision gone the other way, things could easily have been different.

United were holding out fairly well and had a couple of chances themselves in the second half through Daniel James and Jack Harrison.

It would have been interesting to see the reaction of the famously expressive Director of Football Victor Orta, who surely would not have taken the news particularly well.

In other Leeds United news, the club are reportedly in for ‘outstanding’ PL left-back.