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Frustration With VAR Grows After McGoldrick's Goal Ruled Out

Frustration With VAR Grows After McGoldrick's Goal Ruled Out

After a week where Premier League referees were reported to have met with Mike Riley, the manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, to discuss the use of the video assistant referee, the system once again provoked huge controversy as Sheffield United were denied a goal.

Republic of Ireland striker David McGoldrick thought he had equalised during his side's game against Tottenham after he got on the end of a superb Enda Stevens cross. However, VAR interrupted to scrutinise the start of the build-up.

It took three minutes and forty-seven seconds for a decision to be reached. Meanwhile, Sheffield United players and fans had already celebrated and were left bewildered as they waited for some communication.

The concept of 'clear and obvious' errors does not apply to offsides, which is why the decision was made. Per the rules set out at the start of the season, a player is either onside or offside.

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One of the suggested fixes that was discussed during the midweek meeting was whether match officials should be allowed to consult pitchside monitors as they do in other leagues. In this case, it is unlikely marginal calls would result in punishment for the attacking team.

Last week, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp called for clarification on the system after Roberto Firmino had a goal ruled out.

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Maurice Brosnan

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