Leeds United will write to the PGMOL to demand more clarity on why Mike Dean ruled out Patrick Bamford’s 17th-minute goal against Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mail.
Bamford, 27, lifted his arm to point to the space where he wanted Mateusz Klich to pass the ball but, in doing so, he was adjudged to be offside after a VAR review by Mike Dean.
However, it would be fair to say that even with the dots and lines added into a freeze-frame, the decision still isn’t cut and dry.
The Mail now claims that Leeds will demand an explanation from the Premier League and PGMOL to know exactly why Bamford’s goal was ruled out.
It would have been a big goal for Leeds if it stood because it would have levelled the scores at 1-1, only for Palace to double their lead five minutes later at Selhurst Park.
Gary Lineker has dubbed the controversy as “madness”, claiming that if you should not need to add the lines and dots to make a decision.
And we have to agree with the Match of the Day host.
Why do they need to go to such extreme lengths to prove a player is offside when an in-match official could never reasonably spot such a fine margin?
Let’s say Bamford is a tiny bit offside. Would Palace fans really be up in arms about the decision if there was no VAR? We very much doubt it.
No one wanted this.
In other Leeds United news, Liam Cooper’s called a Premier League rival “horrible”.