Hodgson finds Var decisions hard to accept
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.”