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David Moyes's VAR verdict from Elland Road being proved right ahead of return Leeds United fixture

Leeds United face West Ham United on Monday and the Video Assistant Referee has steadily grown more controversial since the two sides’ last meeting in the Premier League.

VAR was once again the source of much debate at the weekend following high-profile incidents in Manchester United’s draw with Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion’s win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Referee Stuart Attwell and the VAR decided against awarding United a penalty in the first half of their 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday, despite Callum Hudson-Odoi handling the ball inside the penalty area.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed it was a “100 per cent nailed on” penalty, but his side’s protests were waved away by Attwell.

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That game came after an even stranger incident in West Brom’s 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday, in which referee Lee Mason ruled out a goal for the Seagulls.

Brighton thought they had scored when Lewis Dunk scored with a quickly-taken free-kick after the whistle was blown, only for Mason to rule it out.

Dunk appeared to have gained the referee’s consent to take the free-kick, and Mason had blown his whistle to signal the resumption of play, but Brighton were still denied a goal.

Lee Mason speaks to VAR during a controversial moment in West Brom's win over Brighton (Getty)

Those two incidents are just the latest in a long list of VAR controversies, which included a moment of frustration for Moyes in West Ham’s 2-1 win over Leeds in December.

The West Ham manager was annoyed after Lukasz Fabianski was adjudged to have stepped off his line to try and save a penalty from Mateusz Klich.

VAR’s close look at the Polish goalkeeper’s foot meant four minutes elapsed between the awarding of the penalty and Klich eventually putting Leeds ahead.

The Hammers went on to win the game through headers from Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna, but Moyes was still fuming post-match at Elland Road.

"There are some terrible decisions that are happening at the moment," he said.

"Whoever saw it must have had [Fabianski's foot] X-rayed. The decision was rubbish.

"It was a definite penalty. I was angry. I am still angry. This is the way football has gone.

"I think his heel is on the line. You need to have a microscope to see it. Surely the benefit should go to the goalkeeper, he has made the save. The game continued for 15 seconds and carried on. I am disappointed and angry with it."

By now every club has been on the receiving end of a controversial VAR decision and there will almost certainly be more of them to come in the remainder of the Premier League season.

VAR certainly hasn’t harmed West Ham’s season too heavily, with Moyes’s side currently fourth in the Premier League after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by leaders Manchester City.

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