Frank Lampard says the Premier League needs a ‘collective sit-down’ to discuss VAR and ‘get it closer to where we want it to be’ following further controversy this week surrounding the technology.
Tottenham were left furious following Harry Kane’s disallowed effort during their 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United on Thursday night, the goal ruled out after the ball appeared to brush the hand of Lucas Moura as he fell under challenge during the build-up.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho and Sheffield United counterpart Chris Wilder both voiced their displeasure at VAR and its negative influence on the game post-match, and Chelsea boss Lampard has now given his assessment on the incident and the difficult introduction of the Video Assistant Referee this season.
“I didn’t think it should be disallowed,” he said. “They can go for you and against you. It is tough to take when they go against you.
“I also have sympathy for the referees and VAR, in this case, because the rules had been laid down.
“We need a reflection at the end of the season, a collective sit-down – managers, players, referees, anyone who loves the game – to have an input and get it closer to where we want it to.”
Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from their mid-week loss at West Ham when they face struggling Watford this weekend, the club currently fourth in the Premier League and two points clear of top four hopefuls Manchester United and Wolves.