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'Was a disgrace': Rio Ferdinand lashes out at second-half incident in Burnley vs Arsenal

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has had his say on the penalty that Arsenal were denied against Burnley on Saturday.

The Gunners were throwing everything at the Clarets to get a win. Mikel Arteta brought on Nicolas Pepe in the second half and the Ivorian had a brilliant impact.

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He drove with the ball into the box and caused Burnley left-back Erik Pieters a ton of problems. The Dutchman handled the ball inside the box in an attempt to stop Pepe at one point and it looked like a certain penalty.

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VAR apparently checked it and somehow decided that there was no reason for a spot-kick to be awarded in favour of Arsenal. Arteta was not a happy man after the game and neither is Rio Ferdinand who labelled the decision ‘a disgrace’.

He said on his Vibe with FIVE podcast: “They should definitely have had a penalty, the decision was a disgrace, VAR has become a laughing stock, it’s ruining our game.

“It’s taken the purity out of the game. Get rid of it. It ain’t worth it. It’s a joke, it’s out of order.”

Arsenal Insider’s view:

Almost everyone who saw the clip knew it was a penalty. Anybody with any sort of football knowledge would have pointed to the spot after just one watch, but Kevin Friend clearly saw something that the rest of us were blind to.

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This clearly shows that VAR isn’t the problem, the people using it are. The guys hiding behind the screens are simply not good enough to make the right decisions – even when they are the simplest of ones like it was on Saturday.

This has led fans, pundits and the media to prefer the game without VAR, but it is more necessary now than ever. If these qualified referees cannot make the right decision even after watching an incident on loop as many times as they want, how can we expect them to get things right in real-time?

VAR is here to stay but the people who run it may need to make way for others who are more capable of getting things right.

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