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Alan McInally labels offside rule a 'joke' after Aston Villa goal ruled out

manager Dean Smith of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on August 31, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Aston Villa dropped more points from a winning positing during their 2-2 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

John McGinn of Aston Villa scores his team's first goal before it was later disallowed by VAR during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Burnley FC at Villa Park on September...

Alan McInally was fuming when John McGinn's goal was ruled out for offside during Aston Villa's 2-2 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Dean Smith's side, who led twice against Burnley, thought they had opened the scoring through McGinn's close-range finish in the first half, but VAR judged that the provider, Conor Hourihane, was offside.

Initially, it seemed as though there wasn't going to be any problem with the goal, but as Burnley were about to kick-off, referee Lee Mason disallowed the goal after getting confirmation from VAR. 



Speaking on Soccer Saturday (28/09/2019), Villa legend McInally labelled the offside rule 'a bit of a joke' as he called for a slight tweak in the rule.

“It's a late call by VAR,” McInally told Soccer Saturday. “Lee Mason has the ball on the centre-circle and Jeff Hendrick's about to kick off then he comes out with the square, goes back and gives Matt Targett [Conor Hourihane] offside.

“It's a really, really tight one. Again, it's one where his shoulder must have been offside. VAR, as you can imagine, hasn't been accepted very well here [at Villa Park]. Sean Dyche would be delighted.

“It's a bit of a joke, seriously. Make it daylight, there's not a problem. This where his toe or shoulder is offside, it's killing us man, it's killing us.”

John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish of Aston Villa which is later disallowed by VAR during the Premier League match...

Despite that goal being chalked off, Villa would go onto open the scoring through Anwar El Ghazi not long after following a brilliant counter-attack from the home team.

Burnley hit back after the break before McGinn finally got the goal he deserved late in the second half, but once again, Villa conceded just minutes later.

In the end, Villa dropped more valuable points in the Premier League, and whilst it wouldn't be too much of a concern right now, it is something the team needs to address.

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on September 13, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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