- 9 Dec 2017
Watching Liverpool v WBA - what do people think of VAR?
I think it;s harsh to say lack of trust in officials - everyone makes mistakes in a high tempo environment. I think officials try their best regardless of ability. However in football there are very few "Black & White" decisions. Fouls, including penalties are subjective - put it on a video screen and half the crowd will agree and the other half disagree - that's human nature when supporting and are biased to your team.. IMO VAR should only be used to decide if a goal scored is legitimate. Like a dismissal in cricket if there's no reason to overturn the decision - it stands. Any doubt remains as On Field Referees call.Sports that have good VAR are the ones where the fans can hear the decision being made and understand why. When it happens with no context, it comes across very badly. The lack of trust of officials in football doesn't help
Playing devil's advocate on the notion of challenges...
In tennis and cricket, where challenges are used, the players can use their skill and judgement to decide whether a challenge is warranted.
Football is very different. (1) Offside decisions are incredibly hard to judge and get right. Teams would often just be guessing when they made their challenge. (2) Fouls are subjective unlike the objectiveness of hawkeye, snickometer etc. So you would have the frequent situation where a team uses up their challenges incorrectly, then we all see later in the game when they have been harshly treated but can then do nothing about it.
The current VAR concept is to cut out obvious mistakes, and last night we saw that happen twice. The challenge method would not achieve this goal.
Firstly if it is to be implemented then should be across the board not just prem clubs...
Alan Pardew could still be seen shaking his head and afterwards still insisted dawsons header should have stood
i know i am likely in minority but i believe let the officials do their job, didn't let players get away with constant abuse and circling them venting anger and STOP tv replays and accept the officials decision is final..
Everyone mostly accepted decisions until TV got involved and took over control of the game, i believe i am right in saying replays of certain incidents are not allowed inside the ground so why not have it across the board.