VAR Decision: Alan Shearer makes VAR claim after late Chelsea goal disallowed in Aston Villa draw

Alan Shearer believes VAR made the wrong call in disallowing a late Chelsea goal that would have given them the victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Villa led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Marc Cucurella (own goal) and Morgan Rogers. However, the home side fought back in the second half to level the scores through Noni Madueke and Conor Gallagher.

Deep into injury time, Chelsea thought they had won the game when Axel Disasi’s header crossed the line after hitting the crossbar. However, VAR ruled the goal out for offside due to a foul on Diego Carlos in the box.

Shearer believes the decision to disallow the goal was incorrect. Speaking on Match of the Day, he said: “You know when they say when they give the foul ‘there is not enough to overturn it’, well, it’s the opposite this one.

“I think the defender (Carlos) knows what he is doing here. He sticks his arm out, then he sort of backs into him. Once the referee gives that I am not 100% certain. Is that an absolute howler?”

After Gary Lineker said no, Shearer continued: “Well, there is your answer then. We aren’t going to re-referee the games. It’s only for absolute howlers. Remember when they said that?!”

The result sees Villa remain in fourth place in the Premier League table, seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur as Unai Emery’s side closes in on Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are ninth and rank outsiders for European qualification, although they do have two games in hand on eighth-placed West Ham United and one in hand on Manchester United and Newcastle United.

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