Marco Silva's cries for VAR fall on deaf ears as obvious hand ball goes unpunished

Millwall v Everton - FA Cup Fourth Round

The Video Assistant Referee has carried controversy wherever it has gone ever since its inception.

But since the beginning of the season with Premier League games not currently having the system in place and with only Premier League grounds having it in-play for cup games, it's fair to say it has been missed.

The latest debacle to have manifested due to the fact that no VAR was available, was Everton's shock 3-2 defeat to Millwall in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Murray Wallace bundled the ball home for Millwall in the 94th minute to secure a signature FA Cup snatch and grab.

Everton had been disappointing throughout and struggled to deal with not only Millwall's direct and aggressive style of play but also the horrific weather conditions.

The controversial incident occurred in the 75th minute - just three minutes after Cenk Tosun had put Everton in front - when Jake Cooper blatantly handled the ball over the line.

The angle of Cooper and the ball meant that both Michael Oliver and his assistant couldn't see where the ball hit the Millwall player and therefore the goal was given.

Due to the tie being at the home of Millwall - a Championship club - VAR was not available.

This meant that a brief discussion between referee and assistant was all that could be done, much to the disdain of the Everton fans and their manager Marco Silva.

The Toffees boss was clearly disgruntled about the decision and his fears of an obvious handball were confirmed when a replay of the incident appeared on the big screen at The Den.

Silva is shown in the heat of the moment clearly gesturing to the fourth official for VAR to be used, only for his plea to be declined.

Jonathan Pearce - who was commentating for the BBC on the game - summed it up perfectly as he voiced over the pictures.


"He wants VAR, but it's not there. It's a Championship ground.

"For big, big cup ties like this there should be."

However we can only look in hindsight and Everton are now out of the FA Cup and will have to lick their wounds before their next league fixture away at Huddersfield.

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