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Wolves fume at VAR after controversial Li'pool win

Wolves fume at VAR for disallowed goal as Liverpool secures controversial but historic win

December 29, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The technology sparked yet another hot debate with the Reds moving 13 points clear with the win.

Wolves skipper Connor Coady has launched a scathing attack at the Video Assistant Referee for the role it played in his side's defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. The English defender and his teammates were denied the opportunity to end the night's encounter on par with the Reds after what appeared to be a genuine equaliser was ruled for offside.

The Matchday 19 encounter was not short of drama with the first major incident ensuing prior to Sadio Mane's opener in the 42nd minute. Before the Senegalese attacker's struck first for the Reds in his 150th appearance, Adam Lallana seemingly handled the ball in the build-up. However, despite the English midfielder being initially penalized, the goal was made to stand after a lengthy VAR review which revealed that the ball hit his shoulder instead.

Right on the stroke of half-time, the chance for Wolves to restore parity presented itself through Pedro Neto, However, the Portuguese youngster's strike was subsequently overruled by the VAR which indicated that Jonny was marginally offside.

Despite Liverpool ending the year unbeaten at Anfield while becoming only the third team to go unbeaten in 50 consecutive home games in the English top flight, skipper of Wolves Connor Coady insisted that his side was done an injustice by the VAR.

"We feel massively hard done by. I can't get my head around it. It is ridiculous." Coady told Sky Sports.

"For me it is not working. Some people are saying it gets the right decision but we're the players on the pitch and it doesn't feel right to me.

"Anthony Taylor is a great fella to speak to but I ask a question and I don't get an answer," he continued.

"We thought Van Dijk handballed it, but the referee tells me Van Dijk is too far away. He played the pass!

"VAR is affecting the game, you can hear the fans singing about it. No-one has asked us about it." he added. "It is still confusing, I can't get my head around it, you don't get answers on the pitch.

"It is horrible for me, it is tough to take.

"A lot of people say it has come to the right decision but what is it an armpit or a toe?" Coady fumed.

"It is confusing, I spoke to Anthony Taylor a lot today but he gave no clarification of what's going on.

"It is so tough to take, it has happened twice to us in the last two games against probably the best two sides in the world.

"In the second half we controlled game and nullified Liverpool to hardly anything but it is so disappointing that we are stood here talking about VAR rather than the the game and the way Wolves played."

Following the end of the proceeding, Liverpool legend Graeme Souness bought into the sentiments of Coady coupled with the fustration of fans. He highlighted the flaws of the VAR and demanded an immediate fix for the offside rule whose implementation has been a tad inconsistent since the introduction of the technology.

"It's so tight, very hard to call. From my thinking, there's a very simple way to get over this," he told Sky Sports.

"Instead of going down the road where any part of the attacking player is offside, any part of his body that he can score a goal with is offside...

"We are in the entertainment business. It's why 99 per cent of people turn up to the stadium, to see goals. They see that as entertainment. We are denying them the pleasure of seeing goals and that's what it is for everyone.

"We should change it to if any part of the striker is onside, so his foot could be behind that line but most of his body is beyond it, we should allow the goal to stand. It would take away a lot of the grey areas, not all of them, but the majority of them and we would see more goals.

"We cannot go on like this. There's too much frustration."

Liverpool currently sits atop the Premier League table with 55 points from 19 games and has established a 13-point margin between them and second-placed Leicester City while having an outstanding fixture with West Ham United. Relatively, Wolves are now seventh and are only four points behind Chelsea in fourth.


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