Bamford speaks out on huge VAR controversy after Leeds loss

Dave Tindall

Leed United’s Patrick Bamford was left baffled after his early equaliser in the 4-1 loss at Crystal Palace was chalked off by a massively controversial VAR decision.

The in-form striker looked to have timed his run to perfection when latching onto Mateusz Klich’s clever pass.

And it seemed his cool finish in the 17th-minute had made it 1-1. But the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled offside.

Replays suggested he was onside. But in pointing to where he wanted the pass to be made, Bamford‘s outstretched arm was deemed to be offside.

It caused amazement to pundits and TV viewers alike.

The Leeds No.9 did score later in the first half. But that was only after the Whites had fallen 2-0 down. And in the second period, Palace pulled away to win 4-1.

Bamford’s disallowed goal was the major talking point and it left him bemused.

He said: “I don’t understand the rule. You can’t score with your arm. It doesn’t make sense.

“It’s happened with me today but I’ve seen it on numerous occasions. It’s ruining football. You want to see goals. To have it ruled out for something like that is daft.

“Even the referee couldn’t make sense of it. When the players and the officials can’t make sense of it… does it make sense?”

Bamford says display better than result suggested

Patrick Bamford, Vicente Guaita

Despite falling to their second 4-1 defeat in succession, Bamford believed Leeds gave a better display than against Leicester.

That came at Elland Road on Monday night.

He said: “Today the performance was better than against Leicester.

“Palace had a good game plan and we were a bit sloppy. We didn’t move the ball quick enough.

“International break has come at the right time. You can look back at the first eight games and think it’s been a solid start.

“We always go into a game thinking we’re going to win. Sometimes it doesn’t work out.

“I can imagine it’s enjoyable watching Leeds. It’s enjoyable to play for them but it’s frustrating when you don’t get the win.”

The defeat means Leeds have lost three of their last four Premier League games.

They’ve now slipped into the bottom half of the table. However, the league is so congested they ended Saturday just six points behind surprise leaders Southampton.

Bamford is joint-third in the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals from eight matches.