West Ham chief Karren Brady calls for VAR to be SCRAPPED

‘VAR has been against us all season!’: West Ham chief Karren Brady calls for VAR to be SCRAPPED as she claims the system is ‘making its own’ errors after bizarre decision to disallow Tomas Soucek’s goal against Chelsea

  • West Ham chief Karren Brady called for VAR to be scrapped after controversy  
  • VAR ruled out a goal against Chelsea after Michail Antonio was caught offside 
  • The strugglers rallied to clinch a crucial win but were angered by the decision 
  • And now an irate Brady believes the technology should be shown ‘the red card’ 

West Ham chief Karren Brady has erupted into a scathing assessment of VAR and called for the controversial technology to be axed.

Brady and her club were left particularly aggrieved against Chelsea on Wednesday with the East London outfit staring firmly down the barrel of relegation – and their misery appeared to have been compounded after a goal was ruled out. 

Tomas Soucek’s close range finish from a penalty area scramble was chalked off after VAR referral, and Brady now believes it is time the system is shown ‘the red card’.

West Ham chief Karren Brady has called for VAR to be axed after yet more controversy

 The strugglers were denied a goal against Chelsea after Michail Antonio was ruled offside

Writing in The Sun, West Ham’s vice-chairman has outlined the frustration felt at the club.

She said: ‘We are now the joint-worst affected­ Premier League side this season, alongside Sheffield United, in terms of VAR decisions.’

And Brady has also reflected on Michail Antonio’s withering post-match assessment of the video officiating. 

The 30-year-old attacker told Sky Sports, albeit whilst laughing, in his interview: ‘I really dislike VAR, I really dislike it!’

The lengthy VAR referral, which chalked off the goal, angered West Ham players and officials 

West Ham were forced to recover from the incident to beat Chelsea in a thriller in the capital

Brady says his comments mirrored the overall feeling at the London Stadium.

‘Michail Antonio summed up – much more politely than most – how everyone at West Ham feels about VAR following our win over Chelsea,’ she added. 

VAR has often been criticised this season after its controversial introduction in the Premier League.

The politician and television personality has lent her support to the dissenting voices by insisting that ‘in this strangest of football seasons, it is clear VAR has not corrected’ mistakes from officials.

Soucek did find the net as the Hammers equalised at London Stadium on the cusp of half-time

In her column, Brady has even sensationally suggested that the technology has been ‘against’ West Ham all season.  

She rounded off her appeal for intervention by writing: ‘But something has to give at some point. It is time to show VAR the red card.’ 

Frank Lampard is among those to have called for a summit at the end of the system to improve the system in the top flight.

The Chelsea boss was reacting to yet another controversial incident which denied Tottenham a goal against Sheffield United on Thursday – and believes a ‘big reflection’ should be held.  

Frank Lampard is among those to have called for an end of season summit to discuss VAR 




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