VAR has been a highly controversial presence in football since its inception, despite its initial promise to bring greater clarity and transparency in the decision-making of officials.
Speaking on talkSPORT, former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor criticised the decision to hand Fabian Balbuena a red card in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea yesterday.
The Paraguayan defender had unintentionally caught an advancing Ben Chilwell’s leg with his follow-through after clearing the ball.
After being reviewed by VAR, a technology infamous for making challenges seem infinitely worse, Chris Kavanagh was emboldened to hand the Hammers star his marching orders.
? “It’s an embarrassing decision. No way it’s a red card, he’s cleared the ball!”
? “You can’t tackle. I’d have had 10 red cards if I was playing in this day.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 24, 2021
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