“You score a goal and then have to wait two minutes before you can celebrate” – Cavani slams VAR

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is unimpressed with the use of VAR in football.

Cavani told South American outlet DosDePunta: “VAR takes away the charm and the essence of football.

“You don’t know why a referee awards a penalty against you or rules you offside – or even how it works.

“It is difficult. You score a goal and then have to wait two minutes before you can celebrate.

“Or, even worse, you celebrate then they tell you it has been ruled out because your fingernail or your hair was in an offside position.

“Or else because one of your team-mates committed a minor foul that nobody noticed – 14 passes before you put the ball in the net.

“Us players don’t count when things like this are brought in. It’s a case of ‘Play and keep your mouth shut – you earn lots of money.’

“Football is becoming a slog for us, even if there is some passion as well.

“You need to keep a cool head to put up with this routine for a long time.”