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Rio Ferdinand the latest former football to lament VAR

(Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)

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Rio Ferdinand the latest former football to lament VAR

Rio Ferdinand has become the latest former footballer to seemingly wade into the war on VAR.

The new technology and implementation of rules was at large again last night. VAR overruled a late West Ham equaliser at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United won 1-0 against the Hammers.

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Rio Ferdinand is not a fan of VAR killing celebrations. (Photo by Visionhaus)

The decision to given handball against Declan Rice caused outrage amongst the West Ham players. For Sheffield United, however, it was a welcome change to a season which has seen them on the wrong end of a number of VAR calls.

However, following the game, former Hammer’s defender Ferdinand was quick to take to his Twitter account to have a quick but blunt comment about the VAR process.

Ferdinand was referencing the fact that the travelling West Ham fans had gone wild after the supposed equaliser.


Goalscorer, Robert Snodgrass, had also celebrated with immense passion, winding the Sheffield United fans up in along the way with his antics.

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The more the weekend’s tick by, the more VAR is brought to the fore.

Rio Ferdinand is usually pretty calm and measured in his approach to punditry. However, the decision last night has clearly tipped him over the edge when it comes to VAR.


West Ham saw their goal overruled by VAR last night.  (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

He does have a point, too. The celebrations were wild and it is robbing the fans of something the game has always loved.

On the flip side, the celebration from the Blades fans at the overturning of the decision is a new aspect to the game.

Either way, something needs to be done about either the rules, or VAR come the summer. It’s becoming too much of a talking point when, in reality, it should be the football we are speaking about.

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