'I Hate It' - Exclusive: Robinson incensed by what's happened to West Ham player
Leeds United should not have been allowed to retake their penalty against West Ham on Friday, according to Paul Robinson.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it was “ridiculous” that Lukasz Fabianski was penalised for taking a small step off of his line before saving Mateusz Klich’s attempted penalty on Friday.
Video Assistant Referee Jarred Gillett then instructed referee Michael Oliver to allow the Leeds midfielder to retake his spot-kick, from which he scored, after analysis showed Fabianski marginally stepped off his line.
The decision angered Irons boss David Moyes despite his side recovering to beat the hosts 2-1 at Elland Road.
Robinson claimed the ruling is “unfair on goalkeepers” in a scathing review of VAR.
“I think it is ridiculous,” he told Football Insider.
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“I hate VAR. I hate it and I want to see it scrapped. Sadly though it is here to stay.
“The goalkeeper having to stay on the line is ridiculous. It is almost physically impossible to propel yourself as far sideways as you would need to without taking a slight step forward. If you are going to dive laterally, you have to take a slight forward movement to be able to propel yourself the required distance.
“It is giving forwards a huge advantage. It is so unfair on goalkeepers.
“I think we will start seeing goalkeepers start behind the line.
“It is ruining the game. You saw it in Scotland’s Play-Off against Serbia. Instead of celebrating he was waiting to see what the ref was doing. It is taking the passion and emotion out of the game.”
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