Saturday, December 3, 2022

A new turning point for VAR?

It is emerging that Surveys are being conducted within all the 20 top-flight English clubs in an unprecedented move by league chiefs to fix the VAR mess witnessed in a couple of games.

Club managers, captains, and top leadership will give their views in a feedback system. The VAR shambles has hit bottom low, sparking outrage, confusion, and ridicule across the teams throughout the season.

Club managers including Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, Ole Gunnar, Jurgen Kloop among others have in past occasions strongly criticized VAR’s credibility.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche reflected on the latest Phil Foden penalty incident and feels that this could provide a turning point for VAR

Sean Dyche said, “It’s truly bizarre. It amazes me in the modern game that you try to do the right thing and you get nothing, but when you do the wrong thing you get everything.”

Fulham head coach Scott Paker was quoted saying “I’m not a lover of VAR. I don’t think I will be and I need convincing.”He argued how VAR is killing football games and making the games sterile.

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Due to the protocols of Ifab, these VAR feedbacks will not involve offside decisions or surveys. This initiative is as a result of a joint idea that was agreed between Mike Riley who is the Premier League chief’s and refs’ boss in consultation with the Football Supporters Association.

This season’s Premier League has already witnessed a total of 97 VAR decisions in the top-flight out of which the match referees have on six occasions stuck to their original decisions even after being told to overturn.

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