'It sucks the life out of the game' - Patrick Bamford's damning VAR verdict after latest Leeds United decision

The Whites forward was again vocal on the use of VAR in its current within football.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 11:30 am
Updated Sunday, 21st March 2021, 11:34 am
Leeds United's Patrick Bamford celebrates with his teammates at Craven Cottage. Pic: Getty

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford believes VAR is sucking the life out of football.

The Whites were again denied by video technology during a 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday night in Premier League action.

Goals from Bamford and winger Raphinha lifted the Whites to a rare win in London after Cottagers defender Joachim Andersen levelled.

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Marcelo Bielsa's side thought they had opened the scoring on the 10-minute mark as stand-in captain Luke Ayling powered a header home from inside the box.

Tyler Roberts, though, was deemed to be marginally offside in the build-up with the players having completed celebrations and lined up ready to restart.

By the letter of the law, the decision was deemed correct with lines being drawn from Roberts' arm.

It's not the first time Leeds have been irked by the use of video technology this season, following close calls for Bamford against Crystal Palace and Wolves earlier in the campaign.

United's number nine - who was speaking to Sky Sports post-match in the capital - was again vocal in his view on the use of VAR in its current form within the game.

"I'm a bit biased because I'm a striker, but I think the game's about scoring goals," Bamford said.

"I think as soon as you start taking that away, at the minute it seems to be taking more away than it's giving. I think it kind of sucks the life out of the game.

"I guess in a good way there's no fans here and they've not had to sit through it and wait because that kind of makes it worse.

"I'm not completely sold on it at the moment, I've got to be honest."