Some Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to Twitter to express their frustration after Harry Kane’s goal against Leeds United was not overturned in favour of the striker.
Kane was played through on goal by Dele Alli and the England captain showed great composure to lift the ball over the oncoming Illan Meslier in the Leeds goal.
The effort was flagged offside by the assistant referee with VAR deciding to take a closer look.
Paul Tierney, who is in charge of VAR today reviewed Kane’s position prior to receiving the pass from Dele and judged that the 27-year-old was indeed offside.
The black and red lines overlayed onto the screen to show Kane’s foot compared to that of the Leeds defender appeared to be level, but Spurs were denied the opportunity to go ahead.
Leeds broke the deadlock after thirteen minutes, with Heung-min Son levelling the score with a neat finish twelve minutes later. Patrick Bamford later put Leeds ahead.
— Adam Smithy (@AdamJSmithy) May 8, 2021
This isn't football. Ridiculous. If it's ruled out pre-VAR that's one thing, but to look at this image and say it's offside, with the benefit of technology? Nonsense and #THFC very unlucky. Time to change this, surely… pic.twitter.com/UnXHluR19i
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) May 8, 2021
So because Kane didn’t cut his toenails today he is offside? The rule is an absolute joke, that can never be ruled offside
— George (@georgeachillea) May 8, 2021
They should change the rule so that level is now offside. Pointless having it as it is.
— Ben (@InsideN17) May 8, 2021
The people running VAR (Paul Tierney) should be banned from refereeing a football game again.
— LJohnson (@lazqetjohnson) May 8, 2021
Almost too weary to type the words. VAR cannot "scientifically* know when the ball left Deles foot, so the "scientific" lines are a pure sham. That was, of course, only offside in the world of VAR. Spurs today; your team tomorrow. To hell with this fiasco. #aVARsetotruth
— Danny Kelly (@dannykellywords) May 8, 2021
Deciding an offside to millimetre precision when the frame rate of the footage means both relevant feet are completely blurred and warped.
— NathanAClark (@NathanAClark) May 8, 2021
I think that’s the worst VAR offside call I’ve ever seen
— Marcus🌴 (@thfcmarcus) May 8, 2021
Games gone. The rule should be – if it looks offside then it is. Everyone in the country would agree bar the virgins at Stockley Park.
— DC (@DanCohen313) May 8, 2021
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