Everton played out a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur yesterday in a game marred by a horrific injury suffered by Andre Gomes.
The game ended up having 12 minutes of stoppage time, but that was not only due to the treatment of the Portuguese midfielder.
VAR was also making the headlines yet again. The system was used on two occasions for two potential penalties. Firstly, Heung-min Son had an appeal for a penalty turned down after a challenge from Yerry Mina. Everton had perhaps an even stronger appeal. Dele Alli handled a corner from Lucas Digne whilst under pressure from Mina.
Neither were obvious errors however and therefore the on-field decisions stood and Gary Lineker, who has played for both clubs, suggested that was the correct course of action.
If it takes that long it’s not a clear and obvious error. Same with Son penalty shout.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 3, 2019
As for a famous Everton fan however, VAR has seemingly touched a nerve.
Former cruiserweight boxing contender Tony Bellew is a massive Everton fan. He infamously boxed at Goodison Park in a stunning win over Ilunga Makabu back in 2016. He vented his anger at the decision on Twitter and it was clear to see he was not happy.
No point in having VAR!! Load of BS!! It’s a clear handball and his hands were above his head! Not in a normal position! ?????
— Anthony Bellew (@TonyBellew) November 3, 2019
Everton fans were certainly left frustrated with VAR throughout the game but they were not alone as yet again the system was flawed and had a major impact on the game.
Hopefully, the anger of ‘Bomber’ Bellew might help instigate some change in the current system.