Coady slams VAR call
Conor Coady says footballers will "have to play with our hands chopped off in future" following Sunday's controversial disallowed goal.
After three matches in the Europa League, Wolves finally got to test themselves back in the Premier League at the weekend when they travelled to Leicester.
While the match was somewhat of a forgettable affair, it will be remembered for a now-infamous VAR call against Willy Boly.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men thought they’d broke the deadlock when Leander Dendoncker fired home after the Foxes failed to clear Joao Moutinho’s right-wing corner. However, Andre Marriner disallowed the goal due to a handball against Boly.
The incident was particularly unfortunate due to the Frenchman being unaware the ball had struck his arm after Dendoncker’s original header hit him from close range. The ball was then lashed home by the Belgian but the goal was chalked off, drawing inevitable cheers from the Leicester fans.
Nuno understandably bemoaned the issue, suggesting it was affecting the spirit of the game, especially as it took a full minute and 38 seconds for the call to be made.
A victory would have been the perfect start to the new season and captain Coady was furious after the match, letting rip at the situation.
"Both managers will go home and say maybe I could have had it, but I'm happy with the team spirit."
Nuno's taking the positives from another clean sheet and discusses the impact of VAR, after a competitive encounter in Leicester.
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VAR has split football, with some fans and pundits wanting every call to be right and others viewing human error as part of the game.
Sunday’s goal has divided those who have seen replays but the immediate reaction was that it was a harsh call due to Boly’s inability to avoid contact with the ball, especially from point-blank range.
Coady was certainly in that camp, suggesting the VAR rules in their current form could change the nature of the game.
“It is a goal,” he said. “People will say they have VAR and it has hit his hand, but he is not looking at the ball. We are going to have to play with our hands chopped off in future.
“He (Boly) can’t do anything about it. They have brought VAR in to rectify all those problems, but I think it has gone too far the other way now.”
Wolves’ next outing comes on Thursday when they host Armenian outfit Pyunik in the Europa League.
With them leading 4-0 from the first leg, Coady could be rested as his side prepare for next Monday’s visit of Manchester United to Molineux.