QPR coach calls for VAR after Middlesbrough’s illegal winner stands

Queens Park Rangers coach Mark Bircham has today taken to social media to call for the introduction of video refereeing in England following his side’s loss to Middlesbrough.


The two sides went head-to-head in a Championship clash at the Riverside Stadium yesterday, with ‘Boro eventually emerging with a hard-fought 3-2 victory following a thrilling affair.

QPR had taken the lead for the second time shortly after the interval through striker Jamie Mackie, before an equaliser from Ashley Fletcher was added to by a controversial Britt Assombalonga header on the hour mark to give Garry Monk’s men all 3 points.

(Skip to 45 seconds to see Assombalonga’s goal below)

Post-match reaction

The aftermath of the matchup saw fans of Ian Holloway’s Rangers fume about the fact that their opponents’ crucial third had been allowed to stand, despite the fact that Marvin Johnson appeared to run the ball out of play before squaring his delivery.

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And the chorus of angry supporters has since been added to by QPR first-team coach Marc Bircham, who has called for the introduction of video technology in the Championship to ensure such incidents do not prove decisive in the future.