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News24.com | VAR is becoming a laughing stock, says Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce (Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce (Getty Images)

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce believes VAR
is becoming a laughing stock after another controversial decision in Monday
evening’s 3-0 win against Southampton.

Mbaye Diagne had a fourth-minute goal
disallowed for offside at The Hawthorns after glancing in Darnell Furlong’s
shot.

VAR official Kevin Friend went with the
on-field decision when the cameras at Stockley Park were unable to get the
right angle to conclusively show whether the striker’s upper body was on or
offside.

The controversy comes a day after Edinson
Cavani thought he had opened the scoring for Manchester United at Tottenham,
only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul in the build-up as Scott McTominay
brushed off Son Heung-min.

Like the Red Devils, West Brom were not
affected by the decision as Matheus Pereira’s penalty, and goals from Matt
Phillips and Callum Robinson earned a crucial victory.

Allardyce said: “I’m afraid so (it’s
becoming a laughing stock). The reflection on VAR can be done at the end of the
season and all parties should have an influential input into how VAR goes
forward.

“That needs to be from the PFA, LMA,
Premier League and the FA. There are too many of us not being given an
opportunity to express how to make it better.”

Sam Johnstone capped a fine night for the
Baggies by saving a stoppage-time James Ward-Prowse spot-kick to preserve his
clean sheet.

Albion, who last week posted a shock 5-2
win at Chelsea, remains second bottom but eight points from Premier League
safety with seven games remaining after recording successive wins for the first
time this season.

Allardyce’s side now does not play again
until travelling to Leicester next Thursday. The boss insisted their pleas to
face Aston Villa on Saturday were blocked, leaving them to hope their
relegation rivals drop points beforehand.

“We’ve got it down to eight (points),
but games are running out. We don’t have a game this weekend,” said
Allardyce. “Me and Dean Smith (Aston Villa boss) wanted to play the Villa
game this weekend, but for some bizarre, unearthly, reason it’s not been
allowed.

“We have to sit and hope. Instead of
us putting pressure on the teams above us, we have to wait until the following
Thursday when we play Leicester, and that’s wrong.”

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