Noel Whelan has blasted the “ridiculous” offside decision that denied Leeds United a goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, called for reform to the offside law which is, in its current state, “ruining the game”.

Patrick Bamford saw his first-half effort controversially ruled out for offside by VAR, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side fell to their second consecutive 4-1 defeat in the Premier League.

Leeds have since asked the Premier League and the referees’ body PGMOL to clarify the offside decision.

Liverpool have also appealed to the authorities this season, begging the question as to why Jordan Henderson’s last minute winner in the Merseyside derby was chalked off.

When asked by Football Insider for his interpretation of the incident at Selhurst Park, Whelan said: “It is just ridiculous.

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“You are talking about hairlines. You cannot score with your hands.

“Bamford it doing the right thing, he is pointing where he wants the ball. The rest of his body is all behind the defenders and well onside. He is just pointing to Klich as to where he wants the ball. It is just ridiculous.

“It was only two years ago that we gave the benefit of the doubt to strikers. It is farcical.

“Every pundit from Match of the Day to Sky thinks that it is ridiculous. It is pathetic.

“This needs to be looked at. It cannot go on this way because it is ruining the game.”  

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