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Roy Hodgson bemoans 'Christmas pantomime' VAR decisions after Crystal Palace defeat to Manchester United

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Roy Hodgson has described decisions against Crystal Palace as like a “Christmas pantomime”, after his side were on the wrong end of two VAR calls against Manchester United.

Moments before Marcus Rashford’s first-half opener, Palace had a strong penalty call waved away after Wilfried Zaha was tripped by Victor Lindelof in the box, prompting chairman Steve Parish to tweet: “Is VAR broken?”, after the incident was reviewed but not overturned.

In the second half, the hosts had an equaliser ruled out by the finest of offside margins, the linesman having not raised his flag.

Asked about the incidents, Hodgson said: “What’s the point in getting into it? If I said it was, they say it wasn’t, it becomes like a Christmas pantomime.

“I thought it was a good goal. That’s what VAR gives us at the moment. If that had been scored against us I wouldn’t be expecting it to be ruled out but that’s what we have to take now.”

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