Date: 1st June 2022 at 8:06am
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Levi Colwill has taken to Twitter to complain about the VAR decisions that stole the headlines in Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The youngster’s first-half own goal was the decider as Forest earned a promotion to the Premier League in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley.

However, the main talking point of the game came in the second half, when the Terriers were denied two penalties for challenges on Harry Toffolo by Jack Colback, for which referee Jon Moss booked the 26-year-old for diving, and on Lewis O’Brien by Max Lowe.

VAR was made available for the first time in the EFL Play-Off finals this year, which is notable as the leagues usually operate without the use of video technology. However, its use in this game still came under scrutiny, as no decisions were overturned by the video assistant referee, to the frustration of the John Smiths Stadium faithful and players alike.

Colwill, who is on loan at the Yorkshire club from Chelsea, took to Twitter to air his frustration. He said:

“VAR done its job” followed by a melting face emoji.

He also quoted a tweet from Blues legend John Terry, who claimed that Huddersfield should have two penalties, with a straight-faced emoji.

The 19-year-old has since tweeted praise for the Championship outfit’s supporters. In a tweet, accompanied by an image of Carlos Corberán’s side, he said:

“Tough day Sunday but life’s all about learning and growing. Proud of this team and the effort we put in everyday to get to Wembley. Fans were brilliant as always. Up the Terriers.”

Our thoughts on Levi Colwill

While Colwill will be disappointed with the outcome of Sunday’s match, he is right to take positives from the experience as he goes back to his parent club this summer to establish himself in Thomas Tuchel’s squad for next season.

With Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi, both losing playoff finals in recent years for Derby County and Swansea City, respectively, the Southampton born star will be encouraged by how they were able to bounce back and establish themselves as full England internationals, albeit more successfully away from Stamford Bridge than during their time in West London.

With the recent news that Antonio Rudiger is set to depart the Blues this summer, it opens the door for the centre back to make a name for himself at his club without needing another loan move, and Town midfielder Lewin O’Brien has tipped the Cobham graduate to have a “fantastic career ahead of him”.

However, he should be advised not to complain too much about referees and VAR on social media as it could land him in unnecessary trouble.

And in other news, Dave Walker has also had his say on the VAR controversy during Sunday’s clash.

 

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