Agbonlahor: West Ham told VAR should be scrapped after 'disgraceful' Karren Brady twist
West Ham co-owner Karren Brady is wrong VAR should be scrapped – including for offside decisions.
That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England attacker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the future of VAR.
Writing in the Sun last week (9 September), Brady claimed the decision to disallow a late West Ham goal in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea earlier this month (3 September) was “terrible and disgraceful”.
The 53-year-old suggested only using VAR for offside and goalline decisions while teams would retain the right to appeal red card decisions.
“I would keep it for offsides but even offsides can be wrong,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“In the Juventus game at the weekend when the winner was ruled out for offside because there was a player on the opposite side of the pitch that VAR saw.
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“They can even get offside wrong. I would just have it with goalline technology, to be honest.
“I’d scrap it. It was always nice to have that, is it on? Is it off? Strikers could pinch a yard.
“Now there are so many goals that are disallowed that strikers have scored. I think it’s making the games a lot more boring.
“What I don’t like is you score a great goal and celebrate then it’s pulled back because it’s a foul.
“[Martin] Odegaard fouled [Christian] Eriksen but come on, the referee could see it and said it wasn’t a foul. The referee can see these things, it’s not a foul, play on.
“The referee for the Bowen challenge on Mendy. The referee is there, he can see it’s not a foul so play on.
“I feel you are taking the power out of the referee’s hands. The referee must feel like they don’t have to say anything anymore.
“It’s just very odd, it doesn’t make sense.”