Leicester may have pulled off an impressive comeback to beat Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday, but it was the goals that were not counted that dominated discussion after the Premier League clash.
The Foxes thought they had taken an early lead at the King Power Stadium when Wilfred Ndidi turned the ball into the back of the net, but a VAR review revealed Ayoze Perez had been offside earlier in the move.
It was Tottenham who broke the deadlock through Harry Kane just before the half-hour mark, but the video replay system came back to haunt the visitors in the second half.
Serge Aurier appeared to have doubled his side's lead when he lashed past Kasper Schmeichel, but the celebrations were cut short when the footage was reviewed at Stockley Park, where it was decided that Son Heung-min was offside.
But the call looked harsh on Mauricio Pochettino's team, as even the still images made it difficult to tell if Son's shoulder was ahead of the nearest defender's knee. Within five minutes of that incident, Leicester equalised and went on to find the winner through James Maddison.
It is the first match in the Premier League this season to have had more than one goal disallowed by VAR, but the Son call was enough to infuriate spectators, many of who feel that the technology is ruining the game.
They've done it again - the VAR lads rule that Son's eyelash was offside in the buildup to the goal, preventing a catastrophic error.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 21, 2019
Even though it’s worked for @lcfc today, the way VAR is being used is crap. Could and should benefit the game but at present it’s sucking the life out of it.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 21, 2019
The one thing VAR doesn’t rob the game of, is emotion.— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) September 21, 2019
Spurs disallowed goal was celebrated to the rafters by the home fans...players lifted, and less than 3 minutes later...Leicester level.
VAR once again proving to be a game wrecker not enhancer.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 21, 2019
But as it's wrecking Tottenham's afternoon, I'll give it a pass today.
There is an art to timing your run as a striker, to being level when the ball is played then spurting or dashing or leaning to score and VAR has turned that art into an afternoon at the Bingo— alyson rudd (@allyrudd_times) September 21, 2019
VAR is ruling goals offside based on millimetre decisions, yet camera frames have a 30cm margin for error. The system is demonstrably a total nonsense. Never mind total inaction on overruling multiple penalty/red cards decision in recent weeks. Get it in the bin. pic.twitter.com/xTBESOIOG5— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) September 21, 2019
Let me be clear of what I’m saying. VAR was introduced to correct CLEAR errors by refs, not for half a centimeter offsides.— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) September 21, 2019
I love VAR and hate Spurs but this is a bit mental tbf pic.twitter.com/9mp0jJ0bMO— David (@TekkaBooSon) September 21, 2019
I love how VAR can't overturn horrific decisions like when Lascelles literally dived on the floor and wiped out Kane in the box but will spend five minutes drawing dotted lines and rule Son offside.— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) September 21, 2019
Am in favour of VAR. Technology is a positive addition to cut out mistakes where possible, but while so many things aren't checked or overturned, this is given as offside. Farcical and goes completely against the spirit of the law... https://t.co/UFKZRwwrzl— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) September 21, 2019