Craig Bellamy hits out full-time referee after further VAR controversy

Burnley were denied a winning goal at Nottingham Forest after VAR ruled out Lyle Taylor’s goal, with Craig Bellamy expressing his frustration to the full-time referee.

Craig Bellamy was left angry at the end of Burnley’s draw at Nottingham Forest after the Clarets were denied their first win of the season.

The Premier League’s new boys took the lead at the City Ground before taking the lead again in the second half. Lyle Foster managed to give Vincent Kompany’s team the lead with thirteen minutes left when he fired in after a cutback from Sander Berge.

However, VAR intervened to highlight a possible handball by the Burnley midfielder, with the consequence that the goal was disallowed for the visitors.

Bellamy was less than impressed at the final whistle as he vented to Robert Jones, as was Berge, who was having a conversation with the referee. 

The same official found himself on the wrong side of Nottingham’s players last month when they had issues with his VAR performance during their defeat at Manchester United, where they led 2-0 before ultimately losing 2-3 without that nothing comes of the match.

This time, however, he made sure they had a point.

Thomas Frank and Jamie Carragher, both Sky Sports studio employees, said the decision to rule out strike action was difficult and understood the frustration.

The Brentford boss said: “If we look frame by frame we can see he touches the ball a bit but I think it’s very hard.”

“What about the clear and obvious place where they said they would intervene? What if it was a defense attorney? Would this be a punishment? You must use common sense. They are not using common sense.

Carragher agreed and continued: “I agree with Thomas. I find this extremely hard.

I think that should be a goal. At first I think he’s running, so he points his arms forward and tries to get there, then he sees the defender coming towards him.

The arm may be a little different from his running motion, but the defender is coming too, so the left arm usually shows up anyway.

“It’s the slightest touch, but to say he intentionally played it with his hand… It didn’t change the direction. I think they might be a little offended.

Former Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi equalized for the hosts with a superb curling effort after Zeki Amdouni had put Burnley ahead.

The point is Burnley’s first season, while Forest sit in the top half and are unbeaten since their opening day defeat.

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