STEVE Cook insisted “there is no point in VAR” after seeing Leicester’s Youri Tielemans escape unpunished for lunging into a challenge on Callum Wilson.

The central defender was adamant the Belgian midfielder should have been given his marching orders by referee Peter Bankes for the second-half tackle at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Cook likened the tackle to that of Florin Andone’s a week previously, where the Brighton striker was sent off after a rash lunge on Southampton’s Yan Valery.

But Tielemans remained on the field following a review from VAR Martin Atkinson, much to Cook’s disbelief.

The Foxes star also assisted striker Jamie Vardy 17 minutes from time to condemn Cherries to a 3-1 defeat.

Quizzed on the incident, the stand-in Cherries skipper told the Daily Echo: “It’s a red card. There is no point in VAR.

“What’s the point in VAR? If the referee can’t see it, he’s got how many people watching the game?

“I don’t know if Tielemans meant to do it but it’s the same as Andone at Brighton. It’s a red card.

“There are so many grey areas with this VAR, it’s not good enough.

“I’m not a big fan of VAR so far. If there’s going to be discrepancies in the game then it should be down to the referee, linesman and the fourth official.

“When you are bringing in other people to help and they are not helping - it’s not ideal.”

Cook did however state Cherries were “a bit toothless” against Brendan Rodgers’s side as they suffered back-to-back league losses heading into the international break.

The 28-year-old also described as “inexcusable” some of his side’s defending.

Assessing the performance, Cook added: “We didn’t lose this game because of a VAR decision – we lost it because we weren’t good enough.

“It’s not good enough, simple as that.

“A bit toothless. At 2-1 the game was still there but it was three terrible goals to give away and it was inexcusable really because we’ve worked on it.

“Jamie Vardy in behind, we worked on it. We spoke about it. We have played against him a lot of times.

“It’s inexcusable really. Whatever level, if you get told what to do before a game and you don’t do it, it’s not good enough.

“So, myself in the heart of the defence – not good enough.”

He added: “It’s hard to say that we played well for 10 minutes but we looked good. We passed the ball well and then in the blink of an eye we were one behind and you’re up against it.

“We had a nice phase of play to get back in the game and then everything just went to pot. A poor second goal just before half-time changed everything.

“There were no runs, we didn’t look after the ball, were second in every challenge and it was bitterly disappointing.”