Michail Antonio has spoken of he and his teammates frustration at VAR and has called for the technology to be scrapped.
Following the unjust decision against Chelsea at the weekend to rule out a deserved Max Cornet equaliser thus denying West Ham a point, Antonio has given his thoughts on the negativity VAR has brought to the game since it was introduced.
“It was a madness, that’s what I am going to call it. An actual madness,” Antonio told BBC Sport. “As a player we all knew it was nothing,”
The Hammers forward expressed that he feels the technology places doubt in referees minds, even after they have been certain of a call.
“It is all about opinions – about the referee’s opinion, about the fourth official’s opinion and about the opinion of whoever is watching,” stated Antonio.
“If the referee makes a decision, then there is another person who goes ‘that might not be the right decision’. He goes to the referee ‘you might have to have another look at that’. He is putting doubt in the referee’s mind when he is already sure about the decision he has made.
“He goes over and watches [on the monitor] but because someone has already said to him you might have got that wrong – it has clouded his mind already.
“The person who is meant to make a decision, who is quite sure of his decision, believes his decision is right, has now got that doubt and feels he needs to change – or if he doesn’t change [wonders] if he is going to get into trouble because another referee has told him to change.
“It is taking the passion away from football because you don’t know if you have scored or not – it is pointless. You are spending all this money on VAR for things to still go wrong.”
Giving a rather blunt response as to what should happen going forward, our Irons striker simply said: “I have said this many times. It needs to be binned.”