Alan Shearer tells VAR to “fuck off” after Elliot Anderson was controversially denied his first Newcastle goal for offside in the build-up, while fans label the decision “HORRENDOUS”.
Alan Shearer has shared his displeasure after VAR disallowed an Elliot Anderson goal in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
The 20-year-old headed in what would have been his first senior goal for the Magpies, but the goal was disallowed after Sean Longstaff was ruled offside in build-up.
It came after a lengthy VAR stoppage, which some felt was the wrong call when Felipe de Forest touched the ball before Longstaff picked it up in an offside position.
The call was based on the touch being a deflection rather than a genuine attempt to play the ball, which Sky Sports’ Gary Neville called “bizarre”.
Shearer felt the decision had robbed his former side of a goal, tweeting with typical brevity: “Oh go VAR.”
Elliot Anderson was denied his first Newcastle goal on Friday when he was ruled offside in build-up.
The ruling rules out a brilliant header after a prolonged intervention by the VAR
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer led a group of fans who criticized the VAR decision
Magpies fans seemed to agree with the legendary striker’s decision when one tweeted: ‘VAR is an absolute disaster, a horrendous decision.
“The referees need more help because they are useless, they can’t even use the technology that is meant to help their cause.”
“Every week I’ll say it: VAR ruining the game,” added a fellow supporter, while another supporter tagged PGMOL and wished them “good luck explaining that.”
Even Joey Barton weighed in, tweeting a tearful emoji over the decision.
Magpies boss Eddie Howe also disagreed with the call, as he told Sky Sports after the game: “I couldn’t believe it at the time, I would have to sit down and have the rules explained to me, it was a disappointment. “. one for Elliott.
Neville said he “didn’t understand the decision” but defended VAR for getting “90% of the decisions” right.
Despite the controversy, Newcastle took three points from the match thanks to an injury time penalty from Alexander Isak.
The result leaves Howe’s team just one point behind Tottenham with one game pending before the international break.