Declan Rice gave passionate interview after his handball saw West Ham's goal disallowed

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VAR was at it once again on Friday night.

Friday night’s clash between Sheffield United and West Ham was pretty drab, in truth.

It looked as though Oli McBurnie’s second-half strike was going to be the difference between the two sides in what was an uneventful 90 minutes.

But VAR just couldn’t resist getting involved.

West Ham thought they’d grabbed an injury-time equaliser when Declan Rice set up Robert Snodgrass.

There appeared to be nothing wrong with the goal until replays showed the ball had bounced off Rice’s arm as he challenged John Egan.

The traveling Hammers went mad and David Moyes was on the pitch celebrating.

But VAR ruled it out due to rules stating that a goal cannot be scored if there’s a handball in the build-up.

How must it feel to go from celebrating a last-gasp draw and have that snatched away from you in a matter of seconds?

Well, within minutes of full-time, Declan Rice conducted a post-match interview on Sky Sports.

And it’s fair to say he didn’t hold back.


"We are fuming. All the lads are livid. This is a tough place to come, credit to them they ground it out. We created some chances and missed some chances. The goal at the end was a tough one to take because a point on the road would have been good for us,” the midfielder said.

"I've just watched it back. He has knocked the ball into my hand. If you are running with your arms like that with the rules as they are now it is handball but it is not intentional. It is a kick in the teeth.

I think it is the thoughts of every Premier League player, not just me - pretty much every one doesn't want to have VAR in the game.

"There have been so many decisions this season that have been absolutely crazy. They were celebrating VAR like it was a goal and football should not be like that. We are not too happy but it is in the game now and we have to get on with it.

"I can't get over it, he knocked it into my hand. It is not intentional handball. I was buzzing. I ran 20 metres up the pitch, slipped the ball in for Snods."

Well said, Declan.

If Rice is telling the truth and ‘every Premier League player’ wants to get rid of VAR, then something needs to be done. If everyone involved in the game dislikes it, surely there’s no place for it.

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