Leeds United fans asked for views on VAR after goal controversies during Premier League return

VAR has made a dramatic entrance into the world of Leeds United during their return to the Premier League this season and Whites fans have been invited to have their say on the controversial subject.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 11:41 am
RULED OUT - Patrick Bamford has had two very good goals chalked off this season for Leeds United due to VAR offside calls. Pic: Getty

Few will forget moments when video technology has been used in Leeds' games this season, like Patrick Bamford's goal that was chalked off for an offside arm at Crystal Palace, or the rasping finish at Wolves that was cancelled out for the tightest of margins, or Helder Costa's offside kneecap that cost Tyler Roberts an opener at West Ham.

Drawing lines on screens to decide the legitimacy of goals has drawn criticism, not least from Bamford himself who said Leeds were 'robbed' of a point at Wolves and tweeted sarcastically that it was 'making the game better.'

Marcelo Bielsa, unsurprisingly, has refused to criticise the decision making process. "I think the referees and whoever decides will find the necessary solutions on the whole," he said.

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"Apart from that, I include myself, we speculate a lot and we don't help enough."

The Premier League has launched a consultation over VAR, with managers and top flight players and the Football Supporters Association (FSA) have done the same, for fans.

"We think it’s vital that fans have a voice when it comes to VAR as well," said a spokesperson, as the FSA published a survey and asked supporters to give their views on the issue.

"Your answers will be used in our on-going discussions with the Premier League, the FA and other relevant organisations such as the Professional Game Match Officials Limited - the body responsible for referees.

"The survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete and aims to capture the experience of match-going supporters. Stadiums have, of course, been largely empty for the past 12 months so we are also interested in your experiences as TV viewers."

Click HERE to have your say.