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West Ham midfielder Rice insists 'every Premier League player' is against the use of VAR

Declan Rice says ‘every Premier League player’ is against the use of VAR after seeing West Ham denied a late equaliser at Sheffield United.

David Moyes’ side were beaten 1-0 at Bramall Lane in the Premier League‘s Friday night fixture, Oli McBurnie scoring the only goal of the game, though the Hammers were left aggrieved following the latest intervention from the Video Assistant Referee.

Robert Snodgrass’ injury-time effort was ruled out by the technology, the ball having inadvertently struck the arm of England international Rice during the build-up.

Rice admits his side have been left furious following the decision, West Ham suffering their first defeat since Moyes’ return to the London Stadium as manager earlier this month.

“I just can’t get over it. I’ve not intentionally meant to handball the ball,” Rice told Sky Sports.

Rice added that he believes VAR is failing to improve the game, claiming every player in the Premier League is against the technology which continues to be at the centre of controversy.

“I don’t think it’s just me, I think it’s the thoughts of every Premier League player – I don’t think pretty much anyone wants to have VAR in the game,” Rice continued.

“There have been so many decisions this season that have been absolutely crazy.

“They (Sheffield United) are celebrating VAR like it’s a goal, football shouldn’t be like that. The emotion there the West Ham fans showed when we’ve equalised late, that’s real emotion. They’re celebrating VAR.”

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