Don Goodman furious as VAR fails to award Mbaye Diagne goal for West Brom
West Brom striker Mbaye Diagne saw a goal disallowed for offside despite clearly being in an onside position against Southampton.
In the opening stages of the clash at The Hawthorns, Diagne diverted a Darnell Furlong volley past Fraser Forster before the linesman flagged him for being offside.
However, VAR replays clearly showed Kyle Bartley was the man who was offside and not Diagne. Despite this, the goal was still ruled out.
Have VAR messed up here?
Bartley the only one who looks offside judging by this, and he doesn’t attempt to play the ball or block the goalkeeper’s view.
— Luke Hatfield (@LHatfield_Star) April 12, 2021
After much confusion, Sky Sports commentator Bill Leslie shared why VAR ruled out the goal.
He said: “We are being told that because of the positioning of the camera that they couldn’t draw a definitive line through the body of Diagne so it stays with the on-field decision – which was an initial offside.”
Don Goodman, who was on co-commentary, responded by saying: “It makes a mockery of the game.”
What on earth have we just witnessed?
First of all, the linesman adjudged Diagne to be offside and with the way Furlong pelted the ball in, it must have been tough for him to judge and it was kind of close.
Also, we as viewers also assumed it was offside. Diagne does have form for it, after all.
But after watching VAR’s review, it seemed nailed on that the goal would stand. Diagne was clearly onside and Bartley was the man who was a fraction past Saints defender Jannick Vestergaard.
But no, wait. VAR decided that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to show that Diagne was onside – even though he clearly was.
You don’t need to draw lines all the time. You could clearly see he was not offside.
Has common sense completely left Stockley Park? Yet another abysmal VAR decision.
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