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Two-goal Salah says VAR 'kills game', plays down talks over top scorer award

Salah joins a growing list of vocal critics of the VAR technology

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 Jan 2021
Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) shoots past West Ham United's Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (L) to score their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The London Stadium, in east London on January 31, 2021. AFP

Mohamed Salah, whose virtuous display gave Liverpool a 3-1 victory over West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday, said he did not believe the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was for the good of the game.

Liverpool have had their run-ins with referees over the implementation of VAR this season, having had several goals chalked off for marginal calls.

Salah has joined a growing list of vocal critics of the technology, although it has been hailed by many as an effective tool to end glaring refereeing errors.

"I think before, I don't like VAR!" the Egypt forward told SkySports in a pitch-side interview following the game.

"From the beginning of the season, in my opinion it's killed the game. You have to be exactly the right side of the line [in offside calls].

"In other countries it's OK. I don't want to get a fine but it's my opinion. I don't like VAR," he quipped.

Salah, who is enjoying another highly-productive season, took his tally to 15 Premier League goals so far this season after bagging a brilliant brace against West Ham.

He sits on top of the competition's scoring chart, three ahead of Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.

But the 28-year-old is not getting carried away, saying his main target is to help Liverpool defend their Premier League crown.

"The top scorer award or the league title? Of course the league title," Salah told beIN Sports in another interview following the match.

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