Patrice Evra slammed the penalty choice that helped Crystal Palace to 3 factors towards Manchester United at Outdated Trafford and joked that he’d have “damaged VAR” if he was nonetheless enjoying and had been punished for a similar offence as Victor Lindelof.
The United centre again was penalised for handball when Palace led 1-0, regardless of Jordan Ayew’s shot being fired straight at his arm as he was operating throughout to try to make the block.
To make issues worse David de Gea then saved Ayew’s penalty, just for VAR to order a retake after he’d stepped fractionally off his line earlier than the kick was taken. Wilfried Zaha made no mistake with the second try from 12 yards.
Evra was incandescent on the choice to award the penalty within the first place, with referee Martin Atkinson consulting his pitchside monitor earlier than level to the spot, and fellow Sky Sports activities pundit Graeme Souness agreed.
“Completely no penalty, the VAR, I’ve had sufficient,” mentioned Evra. “I am so pleased I’ve retired once we hold speaking about VAR as a result of [it] retains making errors.
“If I used to be nonetheless enjoying I would break the VAR, I would have gone on the sideline and broke the digital camera. They’re simply following the principles however they’re killing the sport.”
New guidelines launched this season imply the Premier League is more likely to see an abundance of handball selections within the field this season, in addition to retakes when goalkeepers are off their line earlier than making the save.
Whereas Souness may see why the penalty was given, he disagreed with the principles.
“I do not assume that is a penalty however now we have to just accept that is the brand new guidelines. My era and Patrice’s era it is not however new era it’s. I’m wondering if they might have on condition that penalty in entrance of 75,000 followers,” he mentioned.
“Should you had been to canvas each footballer on the planet, none of them would agree that is a penalty and but they’ve determined, the powers that be, to go down that street.
“The referee acquired it proper by fashionable guidelines nevertheless it’s harsh and never making the sport any higher.”