West Brom boss, Sam Allardyce, has launched a furious attack on VAR.
VAR was once more the centre of attention at the weekend in the Baggies’ 1-1 stalemate with Manchester United at the Hawthorns.
Referee Craig Pawson awarded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a penalty when Semi Ajayi was deemed to have fouled Harry Maguire. VAR reviewed the decision, after which Pawson was recommended to consult the pitchside monitor, and after doing so he overturned his decision.
“It’s bizarre. They’re making an absolute mockery of the rules and the laws of the game,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
“I was an advocate for VAR, but unfortunately the change of the rules and the introduction of VAR – and this is well before I took the manager’s job at West Brom, this was two-and-a-half years out of football – is making it worse not better.
“So whatever everybody is saying, the confusion is causing chaos and it’s making everything worse. It’s hitting the headlines about what the rules are or aren’t, instead of talking about the beautiful game.
“Unfortunately it’s making too big an impression in the wrong way for me. That’s really sad when we have such a great league.
“I was an advocate of it for many, many years, but whether the referees need to clarify the rules more or not, but for me they’re using it far too often and not only on what should be the clear and obvious.”