Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has slammed the current VAR technology and said it’s not fit for purpose after Luke Ayling’s goal was disallowed for Leeds United on Friday night. 

It was Ayling’s first Premier League goal and he celebrated by letting his hair down and rocking out, only for the goal to be disallowed.

BBC journalist Adam Pope also slammed the decision and said that VAR decisions like this were “ruining” the game.

Hackett said that given the image they had Stockley Park had no other option but to rule the goal out but added, “I don’t like it.”

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Hackett said, “This goal brings up the entire debate of VAR and offsides.

“I don’t like it. I really don’t like it.

“I don’t feel the level of accuracy required to make these sorts of decisions is there in that technology. It’s not accurate enough, it’s not fit for purpose.

“We now know that the shoulder is no part of handball, therefore a player can score with a shoulder, boot, or knee.

“In the clips we saw the offside decision was justified but I don’t like it.”

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This isn’t the first VAR decision that Leeds have been on the wrong end of, and it’s not even the worst.

Bamford’s ‘pointing arm’ offside in the game against Crystal Palace is all the proof you need that the technology and current interpretation of the rule isn’t working.

Look at the feet on the image below and the body, and ask yourself if this is the reason VAR was brought in, and if it’s good for the game.

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