Some Leeds United fans were irate after seeing Liverpool have a penalty overturned at Old Trafford last night, and they brought back up an incident with Liam Cooper from earlier in the season to try and show the flaws in the VAR process.
Liverpool were awarded a spot kick when Nathaniel Phillips was tackled by Mancshter United’s Eric Bailly last night.
However, on replay – it was deemed to Bailly played the ball first, before getting the man.
Leeds supporters felt that the reasoning behind the decision didn’t make sense, though.
Cooper was sent off for Leeds against Manchester City earlier in the campaign, when he got the ball but followed through and collided with Raheem Sterling.
And some Leeds fans accused the officials of showing blatant inconsistency after the decision.
In our opinion, it should be pointed out that Cooper’s challenge was far more reckless than Bailly’s.
Cooper made contact with Sterling at knee height, whereas Bailly’s feet were planted firmly on the floor.
However, the subjectivity of the call – shows the problem that VAR is having.
The system was designed to correct clear and obvious errors – yet the Cooper decision and the penalty overturn last night have seriously divided opinion.
And Leeds fans are one of many fan-bases who have become frustrated with the VAR process this season.