Wayne Rooney: Derby director says Premier League is “better without” VAR and calls for abolition | Football News

Wayne Rooney has called for the removal of VAR from the Premier League, insisting the game is “better without it”.

Derby manager Rooney wants referees to regain control of decision-making following more controversial incidents in the Premier League this weekend.

James Maddison’s equalizer in Leicester’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday was allowed to stand after a marginal offside, while Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was frustrated with two handball decisions in a 2-1 home defeat by the Wolves.


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“Watching Premier League games, some decisions are very frustrating with VAR and you don’t understand how they came to that decision,” Rooney said.

“Personally, I think the game is better without it. Although you are sometimes frustrated after games, we have to rely on the referees who will do the job the best they can.

“Even though you don’t agree with some decisions, we have to let them do the work and respect their position on it.”

Rooney added that he is particularly concerned about the time it takes to decide if a goal should be scored, and officials often study several reps and leave players in suspense.

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“It removes emotions from the moment,” he said. “I remember some goals I scored when I could be out or out of the game. Take a look and see that the line player’s flag is lowered and you continue your celebration.

“It’s funny that players wait a minute, two minutes to see if the goal will stand.

“I saw James Maddison after he scored and he didn’t know if it was a goal or it would be inadmissible.

“It’s the only time that fans feel connected to their club and their player when they celebrate a goal together. Take that away and lose that connection that players have with the fans.”