Former Leeds United striker brands VAR call 'absolute nonsense' in passionate reaction

Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford didn’t hold back in his assessment of Patrick Bamford’s disallowed goal against Crystal Palace.

Sunday, 8th November 2020, 8:00 am
LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jermaine Beckford of Leeds United gestures during the Coca Cola League One match between Leeds United and Bristol Rovers at Elland Road on May 8, 2010 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jermaine Beckford of Leeds United gestures during the Coca Cola League One match between Leeds United and Bristol Rovers at Elland Road on May 8, 2010 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Roy Hodgson’s men took an early lead in Saturday’s Premier League clash before Mateusz Klich put Patrick Bamford through on goal after 15 minutes.

The striker found the net but his effort was chalked off after VAR Mike Dean deemed it offside from Stockley Park.

To make matters, worse the visitors went down the other end to make it 2-0 through an Eberechi Eze free-kick.

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“Come off it,” said Beckford live on BBC’s Final Score. “Honestly, the only part of his body that’s offside is his arm. And his arm is fully stretched to say where to put the ball. You cannot score with that part of your body.

“How is that offside? That is absolute nonsense. That’s ridiculous – It shouldn’t have been the case [when Eze made it 2-0]. It shouldn’t have been allowed to happen that way, especially with the goal being ruled out.

“Bang out of order! Terrible. Not offside. Not offside! You cannot score with that part of your arm. If you try to score with that part of your arm that they claim is offside then it’s a free-kick. A handball. How it’s not allowed to stand I have no idea!”

Speaking to television after the game, Bamford added: "To be honest, I thought it was just a formality checking it."

"You can't score with your arm or your hand so if your hand is offside, how is that offside? They have to make it clearer."