Crystal Palace fans protest against VAR during Arsenal clash with specially made t-shirts sold outside

Crystal Palace fans protest against VAR during Arsenal clash with specially made t-shirts sold outside

VAR continues to be one of the main talking points in the Premier League this season and a week does not pass without major controversy.

On Friday night, West Ham saw a last minute equaliser against Sheffield United chalked off due to an accidental handball by Declan Rice in the build-up.

Fans are frustrated with the impact VAR has had on the game this season with marginal offside calls continuing to overshadow fixtures on a weekly basis.

Anti-VAR t-shirts were sold outside Selhurst Park

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Anti-VAR t-shirts were sold outside Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace fans vented their frustration before their clash with Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

T-shirts with the slogan ‘it’s not football anymore’ were being sold outside the ground while there was a further protest inside before kick-off.

Banners were held up by supporters demanding something be done.

The pre-match protest from Crystal Palace fans

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The pre-match protest from Crystal Palace fans

They read: “Killing the passion. Killing the atmosphere. Killing the game. End VAR now.”

Although Palace fans were unlikely to be complaining about the technology in their match with Arsenal as VAR overturned a yellow card for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a red after a late challenge.

Speaking on Saturday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, Cascarino said Declan Rice had a right to be angry and believes the introduction of VAR has changed football forever.

“I think from day one at the start of the season there have been too many outrageous [decisions],” said the former Chelsea striker.

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“And as much as we can say,’ that’s the law so it’s handball blah blah blah’, it is totally affecting football.

“The rules are contradicting each other.

“Watching an opponent head the ball to you from half a yard away while trying to close him down, how can you give that as handball?

“I just find it amazing. If I was a player, if I was Declan Rice, I’d be fuming and I think any Sheffield United player would be fuming if that happened to them.

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“The referee has to recognise that was clearly accidental.

“It’s not deliberate, it’s totally accidental, and if you look at how close the two players are when it happened, how can you say that it was handball?

“Incidents like this are so outrageous, I don’t know where football is going.

“Football is going to change and VAR will get it right, it will get better eventually, but it has to give players more leeway, it has to.”

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