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Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford questions VAR and offside rule after goal against Crystal Palace is ruled out

Premier League footballer Patrick Bamford has questioned VAR after he was ruled offside for pointing in the direction he wanted the ball.

The 27-year-old Leeds United striker, from Norwell, thought he had scored an early equaliser in his side’s 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, but Bamford’s arm was ruled offside by a video assistant referee review.

Bamford celebrates promotion with his Leeds United team-mates last season.
Bamford celebrates promotion with his Leeds United team-mates last season.

Bamford later got on the scoresheet, but the talking point after the game was another bizarre refereeing decision.

“I don’t understand the rule,” Bamford told the BBC.

“You can’t score with your arm. It doesn’t make sense.

“It’s happened with me today (Saturday) but I have 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?”

Analysing the decision on BBC's Match of the Day, it was said that as a player can score with the top of their arm under the new handball law, it was therefore offside.

Bamford said he would have to think about pointing for a pass in the future.

“You (referees) are giving handballs for jumping with their arms up, which is a natural jump,” he said.

“You are giving offside for when someone points where they want the ball, which is part of the game.

“If you asked me what the offside rule is I couldn’t tell you.

“It is my job to stay onside but I just don’t know.”

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