Sir Alex Ferguson highlights Leeds United as reason why VAR is ‘bloody disaster’


Sir Alex Ferguson has pointed to a recent Leeds United incident as the reason VAR is not working in football.
The Whites beat Burnley 1-0 late last month, with Patrick Bamford’s fifth-minute penalty giving Marcelo Bielsa’s side a relentless victory.

Still, there was controversy in the game when Ashley Barnes returned the ball to Burnley after Illan Meslier collided with Ben Mee.

Referee Rob Jones whistled a Leeds free-kick before Barnes scored, meaning VAR couldn’t be used in the decision, despite much debate as to whether Meslier actually fouled Mee.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, former Man United boss Ferguson said the incident was an example of why the implementation of VAR had not gone well.

“It’s a bloody disaster,” Ferguson said.

“I watched the Leeds game against Burnley the other week – Burnley had a goal disallowed when his own player suffered a goalkeeper foul. Unbelievable. ”

Ferguson was primarily speaking on the subject of dementia in football – a matter close to the hearts of many Leeds fans following the death of Jack Charlton last year.

It was announced shortly after Charlton’s death that his brother, Bobby, was also suffering from the disease, and Ferguson says more needs to be done to help former footballers.

“It’s prevalent across the football spectrum,” he said. “Jeff Astle, Martin Peters, Ray Wilson. And United have had a hard time with Nobby Stiles and Bill Foulkes themselves.

“It’s very sad. Bobby hasn’t been doing well for a long time.

“The doors were opened with Nobby’s death and Bobby’s diagnosis. These are huge numbers. We have to create awareness.

“I don’t know what the Professional Footballers Association is doing, but the League Managers Association is worried and GM Richard Bevan has been fantastic. ”

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He added: “These leather balls. When the water came in, it was like directing a cannonball. Really hard work. I directed the ball a lot but thank goodness it hasn’t hit me yet.

“At the end of the day, we have to see what we can do to help. Football has a duty to watch the situation. It’s the right thing to do. People like me owe it to the game to see if there is anything we can. make. ”


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