Grealish “VAR is Ruining The Game”
Written by thrilliant on December 1, 2020
Jack Grealish believes the VAR is “ruining the game” after Aston Villa were denied a late equaliser against West Ham.
Having earlier missed a penalty on Monday, Ollie Watkins thought he had made it 2-2 in additional time, only for his strike to be ruled out by the VAR following a tight offside call.
Jarrod Bowen’s 46th-minute goal proved to be the winner after Grealish had cancelled out Angelo Ogbonna’s opener.
But after further VAR controversy in the Premier League, Grealish said the system was hurting the game.
“As for VAR, I’ve shared my views before and it’s now just getting borderline embarrassing with some of the decisions,” the England international wrote on Twitter.
“Ruining the game.”
Head coach Dean Smith rued the decision, with Watkins seemingly getting fouled by Ogbonna before tucking away Matt Targett’s cross.
“We’ve had a penalty we’ve missed, and a goal disallowed for a part of his body which can’t put the ball in the net anyway,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m okay if it’s a red line and it says he’s offside. That’s the rule. But if his arm’s up there because he’s getting fouled, that’s a penalty.
“I won’t go home and think about VAR. It frustrates everybody, but there’s no point in getting worked up about it. It’s happened, I can’t do anything about it now.”
It came just days after Brighton and Hove Albion were awarded a controversial late penalty to draw against Liverpool.
“I was a massive fan of VAR. They were bringing it in to help the game and I was defending it at the start as there were teething problems, but now we’re at the stage where the majority of people in this country haven’t bought into it,” he told Sky Sports.