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Declan Rice fuming: “I don’t think anybody wants to have VAR in the game.”

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Video Assistant Referee was a key element last night once again as Declan Rice was denied a goal after West Ham tied the match in the dying seconds.

Sheffield United welcomed West Ham in the thrilling matchup.

The Blades were clearly a better side throughout 90 minutes. However, they were unable to score more than once past David Martin.

West Ham seemingly took advantage of this. Robert Snodgrass scored in the injury time to make it 1-1.

But, then VAR came into place. The system determined that Rice handballed prior to Snodgrass’s goal.

It was clearly obvious that the player had nowhere to go with it in the replay.

After the match, Rice was furious, saying:

“Livid. It’s a really tough place to come and play. I thought we did well. A point on the road here would have been good for us,” Rice told Sky Sports.

“I’ve just watched it back before coming on camera. [The defender] has knocked the ball into my hand.

“I know I’m in a forward running motion, but he’s headed the ball into my hand and of course if you’re running with your arms out then it’s handball in the rules but I’ve not intentionally meant to handball it.

“Of course you play on, Michael [Oliver, the referee] hasn’t seen it. The VAR checks it and it’s a real kick in the teeth.”

Rice then delivered the final verdict, hitting VAR with one last punch:

“I don’t think it’s just me. It’s the thought of pretty much every Premier League player. I don’t think anybody wants to have VAR in the game.

“There’s been so many decisions this season that have been crazy. Obviously sometimes it works but you see there, they’re celebrating VAR like it’s a goal.

“Football shouldn’t be like that. The emotions there that the West Ham fans showed when we equalised, that’s real emotion.

“I don’t think we’re all too happy with it to be honest, but it’s in the game now and we’ve just got to get on with it.

“I just can’t get over it, the way he’s knocked it into my hand. I’ve not intentionally meant to handball it. I can’t get over it, it’s crazy.”