'What's the point' - former Portsmouth favourite and West Brom midfielder slams VAR after controversial decisions in League One play-off final between Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley

Jed Wallace was one of a host of high-profile names to question the controversial VAR decisions in Monday’s League One play-off final between Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

The former Pompey midfielder took umbrage at the use of video technology in the contest at Wembley, which would eventually play a key role in the outcome of the tie.

Huge talking points occurred early in the second half when Owls striker Lee Gregory appeared to kick the Tykes’ Liam Kitching in his own penalty area.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

However, referee Tim Robinson believed it wasn’t enough to award Barnsley a spot-kick, with VAR siding with the on-field verdict.

The next key moment came two minutes later, on 49 minutes, when Adam Phillips was sent off following a challenge on Gregory.

And that was an important call which video official Tony Harrington opted against overturning.

Those vital decisions frustrated fans and players alike on social media as the Tykes’ chances of Championship football were dealt a major blow.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Wallace was one of the first to question the calls as he took to Twitter to deliver his verdict on the use of VAR.

Adam Phillips.Adam Phillips.
Adam Phillips.

He posted: ‘Who’s doing the VAR at Wembley today, what’s the point of even having it? It’s more of a yellow than red but he did go in aggressively. Tough one, but the penalty though wow. Absolute stone waller.’

The 2014-15 Pompey Player of the Season wasn’t the only person to take to social media to question the referee’s red-card verdict. Former Norwich striker Chris Sutton also tweeted: ‘That’s a very harsh red card…,’ while presenter Sky Sports Jeff Stelling added: ‘VAR total joke again in League One play-off. Clear Barnsley pen denied and moments later a red card for a challenge that is yellow at worst. Afraid to tell the ref he has got it wrong.’

Meanwhile, Barnsley boss Michael Duff was left outraged at the calls, which would eventually see them fall to a 1-0 defeat.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

He told Sky Sports after the game: ‘I couldn't ask for anymore. They ran themselves into the ground. They gave me absolutely everything. Credit to Darren and his team. They were probably the third best team but I don't think they were the best team today.

We've not had a penalty all season. I've not seen it back but I've been told it's a penalty and I've been told it's not a red card. To get beat like that, there's no guarantee we'd have won on penalties but it's tough for a young group.’