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Michail Antonio wants VAR to be scrapped

Michail Antonio has called for VAR to be "binned".

The West Ham forward's team were controversially denied a late equaliser against Chelsea last weekend by the video assistant referee and Antonio thinks the technology should be scrapped.

Speaking on the Footballer's Football Podcast, Antonio said: "It was a madness, that's what I am going to call it. An actual madness.

"As a player we all knew it (the incident) was nothing.

"It is all about opinions - about the referee's opinion, about the fourth official's opinion and about the opinion of whoever is watching."

Antonio continued: "If the referee makes a decision, then there is another person who goes 'that might not be the right decision'. He goes to the referee 'you might have to have another look at that'.

"He is putting doubt in the referee's mind when he is already sure about the decision he has made.

"He goes over and watches (on the monitor) but because someone has already said to him you might have got that wrong - it has clouded his mind already.

"The person who is meant to make a decision, who is quite sure of his decision, believe his decision is right, has now got that doubt and feels he needs to change - or if he doesn't change (wonders) if he is going to get into trouble because another referee has told him to change."

Antonio also accused VAR of removing "passion" from the game as it prevents teams from celebrating goals properly.

He said: "It is taking the passion away from football because you don't know if you have scored or not - it is pointless.

"You are spending all this money on VAR for things to still go wrong."

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