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Leeds forward hammering VAR: "It's ruining football".

Sat 07 November 2020 | 20:26

Leeds United striker believes many people in the football community can not understand the new handball rules.

Patrick Bamford has slammed VAR following the disputable choice to refuse his goal during

Leeds United

's 4-1 defeat to

Crystal Palace

, with the forward saying the new laws are "

ruining

<em>

football

." 

While

Leeds

were behind 1-0 from Palace, Bamford scored a leveler, however, a

VAR

check was administered against Leeds - with Bamford esteemed to be in an offside position while locking on to a pass from Mateusz Klich. 

The footage shows it was Bamford's arm that was past the last defender, and he was ruled offside. 

A change to the handball law in this season, which permits players to score with the upper piece of the arm, implied VAR regarded Bamford to be on the offside. 

"I don't understand the rule,” Bamford told the BBC. “You can't score with your arm. It doesn't make sense. It's happened with me today but I've seen it on numerous occasions.

“It's ruining football. You want to see goals. To have it ruled out for something like that is daft.

"Even the referee couldn't make sense of it. When the players and the officials can't make sense of it... does it make sense?”

In what is their first mission back in the Premier League since being consigned in 2004, Leeds caused a brilliant beginning to the season yet they have lost three of their last four matches and right now sit in the base portion of the table. 

The 4-1 scoreline is not music to the ears for Leeds fans, however, Bamford felt it was a major improvement comparing to the defeat to

Leicester City

, and feels the national break will be useful for the squad.

"Today the performance was better than against Leicester," he said. “Palace had a good game plan and we were a bit sloppy. We didn't move the ball quick enough. The international break has come at the right time. You can look back at the first eight games and think it's been a solid start.


source: SportMob