Shearer slams VAR after Anderson was denied his first Newcastle goal

Alan Shearer tells VAR to ‘f*** off’ after Elliot Anderson was controversially denied his first Newcastle goal for an offside in the build-up, while fans label the decision ‘HORRENDOUS’

  • Newcastle beat Nottingham Forest in a dramatic 2-1 victory on Friday night
  • It moved them within a point of fourth place Tottenham with a game in hand
  • The result came in spite of a controversial VAR call against the Magpies

Alan Shearer has shared his dissatisfaction after Elliot Anderson had a  goal ruled out by VAR in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

The 20-year-old headed home what would have been his first senior goal, but the strike was chalked off after Sean Longstaff was adjudged offside in the build-up.

It came after a lengthy VAR stoppage, which some felt came to the wrong decision as Forest’s Felipe touched the ball before Longstaff picked it up in an offside position.

The call was based on the touch being a deflection rather than a genuine attempt to play the ball, which Sky Sports’ Gary Neville labelled ‘bizarre’.  

 Shearer felt the deicsion had robbed his former side of a goal, as he tweeted with typical brevity ‘Oh f*** off VAR.’

Elliot Anderson was denied his first Newcastle goal on Friday when it was ruled out for an offside in the build-up

The decision rules out a brilliant header after a lengthy intervention from VAR

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer led a group of fans criticising the VAR decision

Magpies fans seemed to agree with the legendary striker’s decision as one tweeted: ‘VAR is an absolutely shambles – horrendous decision.

‘Referees need more help because they’re useless, they can’t even use technology that’s meant to help their cause.’

‘Every week I’ll say it: VAR ruining the game,’ added a fellow supporter, while another supporter tagged the PGMOL and wished them ‘good luck in explaining that one’.

Even Joey Barton weighed in, tweeting a tearful emoji at the decision. 

Magpies boss Eddie Howe also disagreed with the call, as he told Sky Sports after the game: ‘I couldn’t believe it at the time, I’d need to be sat down and have the rules explained on that, it was a disappointing one for Elliot. 

Neville said he ‘did not understand the decision’, but defend VAR for getting ‘90% of decisions right.’

Despite the controversy, Newcastle still took three points from the game thanks to an injury time penalty from Alexander Isak.

The result leaves Howe’s side just a point off Tottenham with a game in hand as they head into the international break.

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