By Mark Smith

22nd Mar, 2021 | 7:15pm

Peter Crouch destroys decision to disallow Luke Ayling goal in Leeds win v Fulham

Peter Crouch has destroyed the decision to disallow Luke Ayling his first Premier League goal for Leeds United against Fulham on Friday.

The right-back guided home a beautiful looping header at Craven Cottage, only for it to be ruled out as Tyler Roberts’ shoulder was ruled inches offside by VAR.

Crouch loved Ayling’s celebrations as he went wild, but was distraught when that was only taken away from him minutes later by the technology.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Crouch was left ripping his hair out over the decision to disallow Ayling’s first Premier League goal.

“VAR, and how it has been implemented has ripped the enjoyment out of football,” he wrote.

“The latest episode of misery was Friday night at Craven Cottage when Luke Ayling thought he had scored for Leeds. His hairband came out, he started playing the air guitar – then his first-ever Premier League goal was ruled out because someone’s shoulder was in front of a yellow line.

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“Was that decision really clear and obvious? I felt so sorry for him. There will be more incidents like this before May.”

How many times do we need to have this discussion?

VAR is certainly ripping the enjoyment out of football slowly, and their inconsistencies are ruining moments such as this one, and as Crouch mentions, it certainly wasn’t a clear and obvious error.

This isn’t the first time either.

Patrick Bamford has had goals ruled out against both Wolves and Crystal Palace, with Roberts also in the middle of one in the defeat at West Ham, that would have been his first top-flight goal too.

Something needs to change and quickly, the linesman was never going to rule this one out, so why did the technology?

In other Leeds United news, Joe Gelhardt must be given Premier League debut v Sheff Utd