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Patrick Bamford reacts to Helder Costa offside decision in Leeds loss

Patrick Bamford has told The Leeds United Podcast that the decision to judge Helder Costa offside during the Whites’ defeat on Monday was considerably worse than the call to rule the striker offside at Wolves last month.

Leeds have been on the wrong side of a couple of hugely controversial decisions in recent weeks.

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Bamford saw an equaliser ruled out against Wolves after his knee was deemed to be beyond the last defender.

And on Monday, the Whites were once again left frustrated by VAR. Costa had set up Tyler Roberts for what would have been an opening goal against West Ham.

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The flag immediately went up. But replays showed that the call was a lot tighter than anyone could have predicted.

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In fact, it appeared that the VAR decided that Costa’s kneecap was offside in a game that Leeds would go on to lose 2-0.

Bamford admitted that at the time, he thought his teammate was well ahead of Aaron Cresswell. But he was left baffled once he had seen it back.

“I actually thought when I touched it Costa was miles offside so running back I just thought ‘oh, it’s one of them where I’ve ruined it by touching it’, even though I had to,” he told The Leeds United podcast.

“Until we got in the changing room and actually saw it. I was p*****d off about the one at Wolves, my knee saying it was offside. It was 10 times worse than that. I don’t know how they gave that.”

Bamford’s frustration is certainly echoed amongst those watching the game at home. A look on social media on Monday showed that there were many West Ham fans slamming the decision.

Of course, the line has to be drawn somewhere – if you pardon the pun. But it seems farcical to suggest that Costa gained any advantage from his leg apparently being bent enough to take him past Cresswell.

There can also be questions asked about the lines drawn. It does not help convince fans the decision is correct when the camera is not in line with the play.

And unfortunately, supporters know that is not the last time that the use of the VAR will steal the spotlight.

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