Date published: Tuesday 20th August 2019 1:30
Jamie Carragher believes “VAR was brilliant” in ruling out Manchester City’s last-minute winner against Tottenham..
City and Tottenham fought to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Gabriel Jesus believing he had secured all three points in stoppage time.
But VAR ruled out his strike after a delay after Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up.
Carragher feels that while he disagrees with the law itself, it was implemented “at its best” by VAR.
“I think VAR has taken some unjust criticism,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I think in some cases it has been absolutely fantastic and a massive success and that was evident in what happened in the last minute at Man City.
“VAR was brilliant on this. If people have got a problem, it is with the law. I personally think handball should be disallowed if the person scores with the hand, not sets one up. But it is there in law. So that is VAR at its best.
“It spots something that no-one else has spotted, that’s what it’s there for. Also a lot of the players coming out and saying ‘what is this rule? What if it hits the defender, does it count?’
“The players don’t know what’s going on and that’s because, you know when the referees come in to a meeting as they do every year, they (the players) are on the phones, they are not listening, they haven’t got a clue what the rules are. I was probably the same (as a player).
“We went to that meeting at Stockley Park, we were told about the handball rule. You may not agree with it but it is there as a rule and that for me is VAR at its best.”