It is fair to say that the biggest talking point from Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City will be VAR’s decision to disallow Tottenham’s second goal mid way into the second half.
Serge Aurier’s strike was ruled out as the system adjudged Son Heung-min to have been millimeters offside in the build-up.
Anybody looking at the replay with the naked eye could see the fact that Son was at worst level with the Jonny Evans.
However, the VAR’s system picked up on the fact that Son’s shoulders were a fraction in front of the defender.
Former Liverpool winger John Barnes, who was doing punditry work for beIN SPORTS, has refused to accept the decision and called for the whole offside law to be changed if VAR was going to scrutinise the position of different body parts this closely.
Watch Barnes’ thoughts below:
"If your nose is offside, then your nose is offside. That's not what the law should be. I think the law is wrong."@officialbarnesy won't blame VAR but insists the lawmakers need to take another look its interpretation. #beINPL pic.twitter.com/QSUj1fut93
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) September 21, 2019
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Surely, the common sense approach here would be for some margin of error to be included in the VAR call as the concept of being level with the defender doesn’t exist anymore if we scrutinize incidents this closely. Perhaps the Barnes does have a point in saying that the law must be changed to take into account the player’s feet only.
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