Liam Cooper furious as West Ham goal stands in FA Cup clash v Leeds United
Liam Cooper was furious to see Manuel Lanzini’s goal stand for West Ham when they took the lead against Leeds United on Sunday.
After a lengthy VAR check, Lanzini’s goal stood despite Jarrod Bowen seemingly in an offside position in the build-up.
There was a goal-mouth scramble before Lanzini scored but VAR replays seem to show Nikola Vlasic touching the ball forward to an offside Jarrod Bowen.
Leeds captain Cooper took to Twitter to instantly react to the controversy, saying: “Shambles”. He also posted two angry emojis.
What’s the point in VAR?
They took several minutes to make a decision on whether or not that goal stood and it sure seemed as though Vlasic touched the ball onto an offside Bowen prior to Lanzini slotting home.
Here’s an image of when Vlasic tapped the ball forward before Bowen picked it up.
We’re not sure how that was given unless it took so long for VAR to decide that they opted to use the good old get-out clause that is ‘clear and obvious’.
If they took so long then it wasn’t a clear and obvious error. But everyone else could clearly see there was an offside in the build-up.
Leeds didn’t deserve to go behind to a goal like that because Marcelo Bielsa’s young, injury-ravaged side did really well.
It’s such a shame for the young players, especially Leo Hjelde, who made a superb tackle on Vlasic to stop him scoring before the controversy that followed.
In other Leeds United news, an “outstanding” left-back has confirmed he wants to quit his club amid interest from the Whites.