By Mark Smith

17th Jan, 2022 | 8:10am

Mark Clattenburg: VAR made right call to disallow Mateusz Klich goal for Leeds v West Ham

Mark Clattenburg has insisted that VAR was spot on to rule out Mateusz Klich’s goal for offside in the big win for Leeds United against West Ham.

The former Premier League referee admitted it was a “clear offence” by Rodrigo, who was deemed to be offside on the goal-line.

There were major complaints on social media, with the Spaniard basically in the goal and not affecting play as it brushed past him.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail print edition (17 January), Clattenburg examined the use of technology at the London Stadium once again.

“Leeds thought they had made it 4-2 until VAR brought it back to 3-2 and the officials were right to do so,” he said.

“When Mateusz Klich smashed his shot towards goal, Rodrigo was standing in an offside position. The ball hit him on its way in, and so it was a clear offence.

“It isn’t a subjective decision, it is black and white and VAR was right to rule it out.”

Clear offence?

We’re confused as to what offence Rodrigo is said to be committing here.

The Spaniard is not affecting play, there is no one around him and if he wasn’t there, no one would have been stopping the ball from going in.

Jarrod Bowen was deemed not to be interfering with play in the FA Cup defeat last week despite being yards offside and playing for the ball at Illan Meslier’s hands – yet this is?

How is Rodrigo affecting play and for that matter, how can he not?

There needs to be a clear inquest into the offside rule, clearly, as the officials using the technology simply don’t have a clue what they’re doing.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if the Whites are in the ‘advanced’ stages of any January signings