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Edinson Cavani raises VAR rhetoric claiming, ‘football is becoming a slog’

Edinson Cavani raises VAR rhetoric claiming, ‘football is becoming a slog’

Edinson Cavani raises VAR rhetoric claiming, 'football is becoming a slog'

United striker Edinson Cavani has shredded into VAR and says “football is becoming a slog” for players.

The VAR technology is extensively used across the football world now and continues to be a source of contention for the way it is being used by referees.

There’s still great contention from football supporters who have seen plenty of marginal offsides result in goals being overruled.

Players are also not on board, with Cavani the latest high-profile star to express his disappointment with VAR and the influence has on celebrations.

Cavani, who recently signed a new deal at United, saw a strike chalked off just last month.

Edinson scored against Spurs but his goal was ruled off following a long VAR review that concluded that Scott McTominay had fouled Heung-Min Son in the build-up.

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Speaking to South American outlet DosDePunta, Cavani said:

“VAR takes away the charm and the essence of football.

“You don’t know why a referee awards a penalty against you or rules you offside – or even how it works.

“It is difficult. You score a goal and then have to wait two minutes before you can celebrate.

“Or, even worse, you celebrate then they tell you it has been ruled out because your fingernail or your hair was in an offside position.

“Or else because one of your team-mates committed a minor foul that nobody noticed – 14 passes before you put the ball in the net.

“Us players don’t count when things like this are brought in. It’s a case of ‘Play and keep your mouth shut – you earn lots of money.’

“Football is becoming a slog for us, even if there is some passion as well. You need to keep a cool head to put up with this routine for a long time.”

The former Paris Saint-Germain also gave some powerful judgments on the proposed European Super League that fell following majestic criticism from fans, pundits, government ministers, and governing bodies.

Cavani, as expected, is totally against the idea of a Super League and holds it would stop “average clubs” from visualizing big.

He added: “When the Super League came around I told myself: ‘That can’t be possible – if it happens, what can we expect next?’

“I don’t share its ideas at all. I am not in agreement with it.

“You mustn’t deprive more modest teams the chance of playing in the Champions League.

“Or stop average clubs from dreaming of competing with the bigger ones, and having a place among the elite.

“You can’t deny fans of these clubs the chance to have this experience.”

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Edinson Cavani raises VAR rhetoric claiming, ‘football is becoming a slog’

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