Hodg­son finds Var de­ci­sions hard to ac­cept

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Sam Dean

Roy Hodg­son con­ceded that he was find­ing it dif­fi­cult to “come to terms with” the new re­al­i­ties of Var af­ter his Crys­tal Palace side were de­nied a penalty and a goal in their de­feat by Manch­ester United.

The Palace man­ager said he was re­luc­tant to join the list of peo­ple who com­plain about the use of the tech­nol­ogy, but ad­mit­ted that he felt hard done by in those in­ci­dents.

Wil­fried Zaha looked to have been fouled by Vic­tor Lin­de­lof in the penalty area, and Jor­dan Ayew was de­nied an equaliser by the most mar­ginal of off­side calls.

“There were a cou­ple of is­sues that could so eas­ily have gone our way but didn’t,” Hodg­son said. “I thought the ref­eree on the field could eas­ily have given the penalty. The peo­ple in the of­fice de­cided against that as well.

“The other one is one of those de­ci­sions one finds hard to take. One is used to, from foot­ball with­out Var, that when a ball is crossed along the six-yard line and some­one slides in at the back post and scores, I don’t re­mem­ber those ever be­ing ruled out for off­side.

“I am still find­ing it hard to come to terms with it all. I think that it is not help­ing my feel­ing dur­ing or af­ter the game, hav­ing to talk about these types of things.”

Hodg­son added that Pa­trick van Aan­holt, the Palace de­fender, was likely to miss the start of next sea­son af­ter he dis­lo­cated his shoul­der in the sec­ond half.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United man­ager, said he be­lieved Lin­de­lof had won the ball in the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Zaha. “It seems like Vic­tor gets the ball and then they tan­gle feet,” he said. “I think that’s OK.”

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