Premier League star Andros Townsend explains why he ‘wants VAR gone’ next season as Crystal Palace winger insists ‘this is not football’

Andros Townsend says he wants VAR scrapped next season.

The technology has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons since its inception in the Premier League two years ago.

Townsend is not a fan of VAR, which was brought into the Premier League at the start of the 2019/20 season
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And Townsend is fed up of seeing players celebrate their goals, only to see them ruled out by VAR moments later.

But most of all he is frustrated and gutted for football fans.

“For me, it’s had many errors throughout the season,” the Crystal Palace winger said on Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.

“But even the FA Cup final, that Chelsea goal [when Ben Chilwell’s last-minute equaliser – actually a Wes Morgan own goal – was disallowed to deny the Blues extra-time and hand the cup to Leicester] even though it was the right decision, I don’t want to see that.

“I don’t want to see the players and fans celebrating in the 90th minute and then two minutes later the goal gets cancelled.

“That’s not football. Football is about raw passion. You want to see players celebrating freely and not thinking, ‘let’s not celebrate too much because of VAR’.

Townsend is fed up of VAR ruining celebrations
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“So yeah, not only for the mistakes, but for those reasons, I want it gone.”

Earlier this month, West Ham’s Michail Antonio admitted he had toned down his celebrations in fear of VAR ruling out a goal.

He said: “I’ve had a couple of goals disallowed by VAR. I thought, ‘I don’t want to be there doing a dance and the goal gets disallowed’.

“I’ve toned down my celebrations. A couple of times I’ve been about to do one and had a handball or whatever… VAR has killed it.”