Rice: “It’s not just my thoughts, it’s the thoughts of all the Premier League players, practically everyone doesn’t want VAR in the game”
Last update: 11/01/20 00:06
Jamie Carragher called the handball rule “ban” which banned Robert Snodgrass’s equalizer, while Declan Rice called for the demolition of VAR.
West Ham were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United thanks to Oli McBurnie’s second half.
However, there was late controversy when Snodgrass appeared to have recovered a point in the stoppage time, but VAR excluded the goal while the ball had been directed against Rice’s arm in the buildup.
“We are smoking, bruise,” Rice said Sky Sports.
“He threw the ball against my hand. I was in full running and he directed the ball against my hand. Of course, if you are running that way and the ball hits your hand with the rule as if it were handball, but not I’m going to intentionally manage it. VAR checked it and didn’t authorize the target: it’s a real kick in the teeth.
“It’s not just my thoughts, it’s the thoughts of all the Premier League players, practically everyone doesn’t want VAR in the game. There have been so many crazy decisions. Sometimes it works but you see the fans celebrating VAR as if it were a goal – football shouldn’t be like that. The emotions shown by West Ham fans when we drew were real emotions. We’re not all happy but it’s in the game now, so we have to continue. “
Carra: the handball rule “an absolute joke”
The handball rule states that if a player gains control / possession of the ball after he has touched his hand / arm and then scores, or creates an opportunity to score a goal, a free kick will be awarded. It’s a law that needs to be changed, according to Carragher.
“The handball rule is now a joke – an absolute joke,” he said.
“It is not possible that such goals should not be indicated. We are talking about VAR but the rules on handball must change. It is embarrassing that it is not indicated as a goal. Nobody knows what happened in the stadium. There was no intention of Rice. I can understand if the ball goes into the net from the arm. Everyone at home will shake their heads, apart from the fans of Sheffield United. “
Wilder: I try West Ham
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has seen seven VAR decisions against his team this season, unlike one in their favor. He had sympathy for his opposite number David Moyes.
“I feel for David and the players,” said Wilder. “The same thing happened to us a couple of times. But we would have been devastated if we had designed that game.
“As soon as they scored, nobody was looking at him (a possible handball) but I tried the opposition – they are the same complaints and moans as we have had in the past.”
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