This weekend saw yet another defiant Liverpool comeback. The Reds journeyed to Aston Villa and trailed for most of the game before a last ditch double saw them run out injury time winners at Villa Park. Despite netting twice in the final six minutes of the game, Jürgen Klopp’s side were unlucky to have an equaliser ruled out on the 28th minute. Chris Kamara has accused to the Premier League of cheating in reaction to Roberto Firmino’s disallowed goal.
After 21 minutes the hosts were 1-0 ahead when Trezeguet slotted past Alisson following a set piece. The Reds sought to respond with expediency; Sadio Mane crossed in for Roberto Firmino to nod home, only for the offside flag to halt celebrations. The Brazilian was adjudged to have been ahead of Tyrone Mings when the cross came in.
The decision was reviewed by VAR to a bizarre end. Of course, it was Anfield villain Martin Atkinson in charge of VAR for the game. Lines were drawn that seemed wholly inaccurate. The naked eye could tell you that Mings’ knee was ahead of Firmino.
Speaking on Goals on Sunday, Chris Kamara took issue with the decision. Kammy told the show, “In my opinion this is made up, this has been made up by somebody at Stockley Park who’s decided they don’t want this to be a goal…that is my honest opinion.”
It is hard to argue with Kamara on this one, there is evidence of the Premier League cheating for the Firmino goal to be disallowed. The lines on the screen are accurate to 30cm, with such fine margins, why isn’t the benefit of the doubt given to the attacker? Regardless of the fine margins, the lines drawn for the review didn’t seem to be coming from the right places.
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Something has to be done about VAR, or Martin Atkinson, or both.