Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah admitted he was risking a fine as he let rip with his feelings about VAR, claiming technology in football is “killing the game”.
The Egyptian was speaking after Liverpool’s 3-1 over West Ham with Salah scoring twice (the second a goal of the season contender). It brought to an end a six-game goalless Premier League run for Salah – though he had the ball in the net against Tottenham last week, before VAR ruled his strike out.
After the West Ham victory moved Liverpool up to third in the table, Salah expressed his real feelings about the impact of video technology.
“I think before, I don’t like VAR! From the beginning of the season, in my opinion it’s killing the game; the joy of football,” the 28-year-old told Sky Sports.
🗣 "I don't like VAR, I don't want complain because I don't want to get a fine, but I don't like it."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 31, 2021
Mo Salah when asked about his recent run of games without a goal including his disallowed goal against Tottenham pic.twitter.com/SQ5rvbJ3Zp
“Here, you have to be in exactly the same line [with offside decisions]. But I think in the Champions League or some other countries, they give the striker more space to… if they score, it’s fine for them.
“I don’t want to complain about it, because I don’t want to get fined. But my opinion about VAR? I don’t like it.”
Salah’s reaction chimes with that of many football fans who have grown frustrated with extremely marginal offside calls that cannot be seen with the naked eye.