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Former EPL referee talks about controversial VAR

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According to former official Chris Foy, the West Ham United’s defeat 5-0 against Manchester City could have been worse.

There was some controversy on the 5-0 Manchester City victory over West Ham United.

And not only because of the scoreboard but also because of the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology.

But according to former English Premier League referee, Chris Foy, if it wasn’t for the VAR the defeat could have been much worse for the Hammers.

“All goals are checked as a matter of routine,” he told Football London.

“In this case, it is a factual decision – in the build-up to the goal you can clearly see Sterling is offside so it is a straightforward decision to overturn the goal.”

“What we’re looking for with encroachment is what we call ‘direct impact’.” He added.

“Because it was Rice who encroached and Rice who cleared the ball, the decision was a retake.”