Luton captain Tom Lockyer reveals why he ‘HATES’ VAR as defender vents over controversial moment during 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier this season

Luton captain Tom Lockyer reveals why he ‘HATES’ VAR as defender vents over controversial moment during 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier this season

Luton Town defender Tom Lockyer has candidly shared his strong dislike for VAR, shedding light on a contentious incident during his team’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier this season.

Lockyer, currently on a break from the game due to a cardiac arrest incident, expressed his frustrations over VAR and its impact on goal celebrations.

Lockyer’s Cardiac Arrest and Media Work

Tom Lockyer, who experienced a terrifying cardiac arrest during Luton Town’s match against Bournemouth in December, is currently undergoing tests and considering a return to football.

In the interim, he has been engaging in media work.

Lockyer spoke about his feelings towards VAR during an interview with BBC 5 Live ahead of Luton’s recent clash with Liverpool.

A Shocking Lead and VAR’s Influence

Reflecting on Luton Town’s surprising lead against Liverpool, Lockyer disclosed that he could not fully celebrate Tahith Chong’s goal in the 80th minute.

The defender noticed a potential handball by Ross Barkley in the build-up, leading to VAR scrutiny.

Lockyer’s Hatred for VAR Celebration Dampening

Lockyer articulated his disdain for VAR, particularly in the context of goal celebrations. He expressed a preference for the Championship, where goal celebrations are immediate and unchecked.

In contrast, the meticulous review process of VAR took away the enthusiasm from Lockyer’s celebration after Chong’s goal against Liverpool.

VAR Check Drama and Celebration Dampening

Describing the sequence of events, Lockyer explained how the goal celebration turned into a VAR check drama. Concerned about a possible handball, he had a conversation with the referee, awaiting the final decision.

The delayed confirmation of the goal left Lockyer disinterested and unable to fully enjoy the celebratory moment.

Lockyer Joins Voices Against VAR

Tom Lockyer is not the first to criticize VAR this season.

His sentiments echo concerns raised by other figures in football, including Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who labeled VAR a ‘disgrace,’ and Jurgen Klopp, who demanded a replay of Liverpool’s match against Tottenham due to VAR-related errors.