Tyler Roberts details his reaction to VAR image from Leeds v West Ham
Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts was denied his first-ever Premier League goal when Helder Costa was adjudged to be offside in the game against West Ham on Monday night.
Roberts scored but the linesman flagged after the ball had gone in the net. That decision was ratified by VAR and Roberts has confessed to feeling frustrated when he saw the image that has created a lot of controversy.
Talking on BBC Radio Leeds Roberts said, “I didn’t really know at the time how close it was so I just accepted it was probably a distance offside.
“When I got back in the changing room and seen it I was just, ‘Ahhhhhhhh’.
“I saw it after the game… It’s crazy, I don’t agree with it at all.”
Roberts has been getting stick from the Leeds fans and that goal would have helped him a lot.
Asked how he deals with criticism Roberts said, “I try not to look at social media too much and the criticism from people that matter most to me is kind of helpful so I listen to that and take it on board.”
We’ve yet to hear from anyone who is happy with the offside decision.
Even Dermot Gallagher said that Leeds were “very, very unlucky” from a VAR decision that was supposed to take luck and guesswork out of the game.
There was another bad VAR call on Wednesday night in the game between Man City and Southampton.
Phil Foden clearly had his foot taken away from him by Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. He tried to stay on his feet but was forced wide and no penalty was awarded.
VAR looked at it and didn’t award a penalty either, much to the disgust of Graeme Souness in the Sky Sports studio and Pep Guardiola who just said the decision was “incredible”. [Sky Sports, Wednesday, 6pm]
When the decisions from Stockley Park are so at odds with what everyone else in the game sees, it’s surely time for change.
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