MICHAEL OWEN was compared to a viral ineffective steward after his “grilling” of Howard Webb on live TV.
Former Liverpool, Man United and England striker Owen was tasked with questioning ref chief Webb on several recent VAR controversies.
Owen was able to sink his teeth into the weighty issue of Liverpool’s disallowed goal in their defeat to Tottenham ten days ago.
Luis Diaz had a perfectly legal strike wrongly ruled out for offside.
Blunder officials failed to stop the game after realising their massive mistake.
And Owen attempted to take Webb to task during a live segment on Sky Sports last night.
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However, fans were less than impressed with his efforts.
Owen first asked: “Why didn’t the ref just say ‘let’s go back 30 seconds?’”
Webb then explained how various laws meant they were unable to intervene.
But he promised a review into the laws of VAR would come in.
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Owen then chimed in: “Was the ref aware of this all around him as the game was going on?”
Webb responded by claiming the ref did not know there was an issue, and that it was better for him to not know too.
The line of questioning did not go down well with irate fans demanding proper answers, with many feeling Owen let Webb off the hook.
And the ex-forward was even compared to the viral GIF of the ineffective matchday steward casually pretending to pat down punters entering a football stadium.
One said: “Howard Webb you are a joke! Just as if nothing happened other than a ‘mistake’.
“No passion, no apology and Michael Owen just giving him an easy ride on the whole thing.”
Another noted: “This is where you wish Owen had the backbone to ask whether Simon Hooper did want to have a negative impact by overreacting in the Spurs game.”
One declared: “Knew nothing yet all the audio we hear has them chatting over each other. They can hear everything.
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“Michael Owen is a waste of time, this segment is a waste of time.”
Another added: “Michael Owen is an absolute puppet. Howard Webb has Sky eating out of the palm of his hand.”
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