Derek McInnes rages on VAR calls after Kilmarnock draw

The Rugby Park side were long at the top against St Johnstone and had ruled out a handball goal after just 18 minutes.

Kyle Vassell was convicted of playing the ball inside the box before it found the back of the net and Killie had also dismissed referee Chris Graham’s penalty claims despite communicating using video technology.

Commenting on an incident where St Johnstone defender Andrew Considine appeared to be handling the ball in the box, McInnes said: “That’s the one with the big Andy [Considine]. He was like, ‘I don’t know how I got away with it’. He knew immediately it hit his arm. It’s fully deployed.

“I asked the referee, ‘Why weren’t you asked to watch this?’ VAR said they checked and there was no need to look.

On Vassell’s unrecognized goal, McInnes continued: “The fourth official tried to explain to me during the game and just said the player put the ball in and the ball hit his arm before getting it over the line. That was his explanation.

“He said any player who plays with the ball and has an obvious advantage, meaning a goal, must be penalised. I haven’t seen that again.

“I thought the referee put on a decent game but it’s like VAR have been brought in to help the referees and help them and give them a chance to look at things again.

“I think we seem to be looking at so many things that don’t need to be looked at again and so many things that we should look at again, particularly that penalty.

“It sucks. You can hear Ange (Postecoglou) and everyone else talking about VAR like they don’t get anything. We, if you look at it, had zilch.

“Honestly, it’s ridiculous. We don’t seem to get any breaks at all.” Derek McInnes rages on VAR calls after Kilmarnock draw

Russell Falcon

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