‘This is clear and obvious’ - City boss begrudgingly missing VAR

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke appeals for a penalty at Bournemouth after Max Aarons was brought down. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke appeals for a penalty at Bournemouth after Max Aarons was brought down. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Daniel Farke admits that despite all the pain it caused Norwich City in the Premier League, he’s begrudgingly missed the Video Assistant Referee system during the opening weeks of the Championship campaign.

The Canaries felt they were denied a clear penalty for handball during their 1-0 win at Huddersfield during the opening weekend and then twice felt aggrieved during the 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday.

“We had two penalty decisions against us again,” City’s head coach said after the defeat. “Last season we were blaming a lot on VAR, this season we would have it back if I’m honest, if you judge the first three games.”

Max Aarons had been clipped as he charged into the box during the second half but it was Cherries striker Josh King appearing to handle before clearing a late Xavi Quintilla corner that had really annoyed Farke - who also felt the penalty given against Oliver Skipp during the 2-2 home draw with Preston had been a soft decision.

“This is clear and obvious,” he said of the King incident. “I’m not sure if the referee was not in the right position to see this, or the linesman perhaps his view was a bit hidden, but I got the feeling that everyone who was allowed here in the stadium saw that it was a clear handball.

“I don’t blame them, perhaps it was the wrong angle and if they said ‘in this situation I couldn’t see, I can’t guess’ - but last week (against Preston) we had a situation where the referee was guessing against us.

“I can’t complain, it is like it is, we’re all human beings, the officials are there with mistakes and for that I don’t blame them, I have to speak about that we gave the ball away a bit too risky ahead of the goal or that we have to find our cutting edge - so I don’t use this as an excuse.

“But it is also clear when you face a team on the top level like a side like Bournemouth, who are in a home game and one of the top favourites for the title and you have at least one clear penalty situation against you, it is difficult to win.”

Asked if VAR would have given the handball against King, Farke added: “It’s a situation where the arm goes out to the ball, otherwise Adam Idah would have had a great chance to score a goal. I’m pretty sure that with VAR it would have been given.”

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