KING Charles III has used his first address to the nation to attack the inconsistent use of video assistant referees in domestic football.
Charles ignored the cost of living crisis, energy shortages and war in Ukraine to instead share his thoughts on the errors made at Stockley Park judging red cards, handball and increasingly marginal offsides.
He continued: “A lot of water has passed under the bridge since August. We lost Britain’s longest-serving monarch, my dear mother, and Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister.
“But throughout I have remained unequivocally livid about Ivan Toney’s disallowed goal against Fulham, because that was in no sense of the word offside.
“Likewise West Ham’s equaliser against Chelsea, disallowed for a supposed foul on Edouard Mendy. Thousands of Britons lost their accumulators on that decision. Thousands more saw their fantasy football teams crippled.
“We have reached the point where crowds attending games are unable to celebrate goals because they are waiting for VAR. It is tearing the very heart from football. The FA has a moral duty to act.
“I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”
Nathan Muir of Hitchin said: “This is the benefit of a King on the throne. He’s talking bloody sense.”