Noel Whelan has admitted that he is fed up with the way in which VAR is being used following the decision to disallow Edison Cavani’s first-half goal against Tottenham on Sunday.
Cavani had the ball in the back of the net after being put through on goal by Paul Pogba but replays showed that Scott McTominay’s flailing hand had caught Son Heung-min in the build-up.
After VAR intervened, referee Chris Kavanagh re-watched the incident on the touchline monitor and ruled it to be a foul on Son.
Although Manchester United managed to turn the game around in the second half and take home all three points, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fuming at the decision and accused Son of milking the incident by staying down.
Kavanagh’s decision has been widely scrutinised over the past few days and Whelan believes the incident took away the focus from what was a good game.
The pundit called for referees to apply common sense while using VAR and insisted that there has to be more consistency with the way the technology is applied.
When asked about the decision to rule out Cavani’s first-half goal, the former Coventry City striker told Football Insider: “There have been times where I’ve seen goals disallowed and honestly, I’m losing patience with referees and VAR.
“It’s not working, there are some tweaks that have got to be used and I always come back to ‘use common sense’.
“It’s becoming too frustrating and too much of a talking point, it’s taken the focus away from two good teams playing a game of football and that’s the disappointing thing.
“Rugby league have got it right, I don’t know why we can’t get it right. It’s so inconsistent that it becomes confusing to everybody, that’s the problem.”
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