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Fulham boss: VAR will destroy football, the game is about raw emotion

Fri 05 March 2021 | 18:24

Fulham boss Scott Parker trusts VAR and attempts to make the "perfect" football match-up eventually destroy the game.

The International Football Association Board, the game's lawmaking body, reported on Friday that unplanned handball that prompts a partner to score a goal or having a goalscoring opportunity would presently don't be viewed as an offense from July 1. 

That news came under 24 hours after Fulham were denied a merited second-half equalizer against Tottenham because of a handball ruling. 

Josh Maja put the ball in the back of the net for the Cottagers; however, the goal was precluded after VAR replays showed that, in the development, the ball had cannoned into Mario's hand Lemina from a Davinson Sanchez clearance when he was yards away. 

Parker, whose relegation-battling team lost that game 1-0, said at his Friday press conference:

"I have just heard now that IFAB have decided to change that rule, which is disappointing.

"My stance on VAR is not going to change. We are looking for perfection, and I am not just talking about football but about the world we live in.

"You take a selfie and you put 14 filters on to get the perfect complexion or the perfect coloured eyes and the reality is that there is something more to that and something deeper which is what we all want.

"We are trying to create a sterile, perfect-scenario game which I think ultimately in the end is going to destroy it. The game is about raw emotion.

"When the fans come back into the stadium and they experience first-hand the disappointment that can happen, and how it works. It is going to leave everyone disappointed at times.

"That has always been my main worry and my main issue. From what has gone from just trying to get the real big decisions right has slowly turned into practically every decision in the game, trying to iron out any imperfection we have.

"When you are trying to do that you are going to lose something more important. I am afraid to say for me personally, I feel like we are losing it."

Fulham will go to Anfield on Sunday to confront

Liverpool

, who tumbled to a record fifth sequential home loss and eighth loss in thecurrent

Premier League

 season on Thursday, losing 1-0 to Chelsea. 

"It certainly could be (a good time to play the Reds), in the same breath you're playing a wounded animal and you're playing against a team that obviously at this moment in time are in a tricky spell and that's clear to see, but we need to be very very wary of that," the 40-year-old coach said.

"When you're playing against a wounded animal that have the quality and the class that Liverpool possess then you need to tread very very carefully, while also understanding that you approach the game in the right manner and in the right way then you can assert yourself in certain moments of this football match that maybe you have a chance of course.

"I think it's probably a little bit in between those stalls really, so huge respect for this team we're playing against but also understanding that where they are and as always trying to put a stamp on this game and trying to get something out of it."

 

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