By Dean White

12th Dec, 2021 | 3:50pm

Richard Keys goes berserk over VAR controversy in West Ham v Burnley

Richard Keys has torn VAR to shreds after West Ham were denied a clear penalty in their 0-0 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Everyone was expecting the Hammers to be awarded a spot kick in the first half with Craig Dawson was brought down inside by the box by Dwight McNeil.

VAR took a look at the incident but bizarrely let the on-pitch decision stand and failed to award a penalty kick.

Former Sky Sports host Keys was furious and pointed to other VAR shockers this weekend.

“VAR has been awful this weekend. Absolutely awful,” Keys said via his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon.

“Man City – never a pen. Villa we’re robbed. Saints as well & now West Ham – all because errors were not ‘clear & obvious’.

“This nonsense catch-all get out needs to be changed. We’ve got technology so use it properly.”

Keys is right

How could that not be a penalty?

McNeil simply didn’t get the ball when he went in on Dawson, who was very clearly fouled by the Burnley man.

Football.London journalist Tom Clark was also baffled by the incident and summed it up perfectly, alluding to a lack of consistency across matches.

McNeil brought Dawson down. It was clear contact with the centre-back and obviously a foul.

It would be given anywhere else on the pitch so why isn’t it being give now and why isn’t the referee being told to at least watch it again on the pitchside monitor?

VAR has been better this season.

However, it’s still prone to absolute shockers because those who are operating the technology seem utterly clueless.

In other West Ham news, the club want to sign a ‘breathtaking’ Champions League forward who’s keen on moving to the Premier League.

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