EPL festive spirit in short supply amid anger over VAR calls

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Festive spirit was in short supply from video assistant referees in the Premier League on Saturday as three goals were ruled out for marginal offside calls, exacerbating frustration about the technology being used for the first time in England this season.

On a day when a weakened Leicester team won 2-1 at West Ham and Tottenham was held 2-2 at Norwich, much of the debate in stadiums and on social media centered on disgruntlement at the forensic geometry being used to call on tight offside decisions – even if the correct calls were ultimately made.

“If VAR was a manager, he’d have been sacked weeks ago,” former England captain Gary Lineker tweeted to his
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