By Joe Ellis

9th Jan, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United retweet Specsavers joke reply after offside goal controversy

Leeds United suffered defeat to West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup but the game wasn’t without its controversies.

Manuel Lanzini’s opener looked as if it would be ruled out after Jarrod Bowen seemed to impede the Whites’ ‘keeper Ilian Meslier but VAR ruled that the goal would stand.

This caused outrage on social media and when TalkSPORT asked the question, the glasses company simply couldn’t resist replying.

TalkSPORT asked: “Should West Ham’s goal have been ruled out for offside?” to which Specsavers replied: “Depends if you’re wearing a blindfold or not.”

Interestingly, Leeds United’s official Twitter account retweeted that post by Specsavers at half-time.

Rules need Defining

The letter of the law would state that if a player is impacting the game in an offside position when a goal is scored, then it should be disallowed.

But where the inconsistencies lie is when you ask “What counts as ‘impacting the game'”?

Referees will likely have differing opinions on each situation and it was a surprise that Bowen wasn’t ruled offside as Meslier and Nikola Vlasic battled for the ball in the penalty area.

Another reason for Leeds fans to be begrudged by this is the fact that VAR is only in operation at certain games in this round of the cup.

Only Premier League grounds have the capacity to utilise VAR whereas Kidderminster, for example, can’t being a sixth tier side.

In reality, VAR should be at every game in the competition, right back to the extra-preliminary round in August, or not at all.

It is unfair on teams that have their games impacted by technology when other sides don’t have it in operation.

But even with VAR in use, the wrong decision was still reached which begs the question: What is VAR doing?

In other Leeds United news, Liam Cooper was outraged during the FA Cup defeat, tweeting a one-word rant.