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Kevin Phillips claims the authorities will look into VAR in the summer after controversy marred West Brom’s 3-0 win against Southampton on Monday.
Although the Albion went on to win the game comfortably, they could have gone ahead much earlier than they did when Mbaye Diagne’s goal was flagged offside.
VAR’s review showed that Diagne was onside when the ball was played into his path but as the lines were inconclusive, the striker’s header remained chalked off.
Phillips is happy Albion went on to win the game and the controversy had no impact on the result but claims the Premier League could look into how VAR is used in the summer.
Speaking to West Brom News, he said: “At the end of the day, it’s controversial but it didn’t affect the overall result. West Brom went on and did what they had to do. It was a good performance and once again, they’ve given themselves a slight bit of hope.
“It wasn’t a 1-0 game or a 0-0 where it’s really cost them, they won it comfortably and it was well deserved.
“I’m sure VAR will be looked at in the summer by the powers that be. Whether it gets tweaked for next season remains to be seen.”
It’s not the first time West Brom fans have felt as though a VAR decision has gone against them this season.
Matheus Pereira’s sending off against Crystal Palace and overturning a penalty won by Conor Gallagher at Manchester United remain big controversies.
However, they pale in comparison to the Diagne one with the striker clearly onside before he headed the ball past Fraser Forster on Monday night.
Diagne’s been offside a lot since joining the Baggies in January on loan from Galatasaray. According to Wyscout, no Premier League player has been offsides more times per 90 minutes than him this season [1.52].
Unfortunately for the Senegal international, he still finds himself to be offside even when he’s onside as the great VAR debate rumbles on.
In other West Brom news, Keith Hackett wants a key official sacked after the controversy in the win against Southampton.