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Patrick Bamford blasts offside rule and VAR after arm denies Leeds United striker

Patrick Bamford has claimed the current offside rule “doesn’t make sense” after his goal was disallowed during Leeds United’s 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

The former Eagles striker thought he had equalised against his old side, only for VAR to adjudge he was offside.

Upon review, it appeared that his arm was slightly past the last line of Palace’s defence and as per the ‘T-shirt law’, the goal was ruled out.

But Bamford suggested that even referee Chris Kavanagh didn’t understand the decision, claiming the law is “ruining football”.

Patrick Bamford cleverly finishes, but the goal was ruled out

“I don’t understand the rule,” he told BBC Sport. “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?

“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.”

BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage joined in the backlash, saying it was “the most unbelievable” decision he’d ever seen.

BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage had spectators in tears
BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage fumed about the decision

He said: “Oh, wow, this is incredible.

“His body is onside, he’s pointing to where he wants the ball. The line has been drawn on his arm, where it’s not handball, on his sleeve, that’s what they’re saying is offside.

“That is quite incredible. That is the most unbelievable one we’ve ever seen. Wow.

“That is the worst I’ve ever seen in the history of football.”

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