7 reasons why VAR is bad for football
In our small lives, there might be one moment when the VAR has destroyed our notions. VAR is something that many people hate and a few love. Those who love VAR usually start to hate it once their favourite team’s goal is disallowed.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is the new technology that was introduced to the premier league in the 19-20 season. Since then the use of VAR has just been rising. The people who brought up this technology had a firm belief that VAR will end corruption and human errors in football.
Unfortunately, a lot of the decisions made by VAR are doubtful and end up in controversies. New technologies are always welcomed in the world of Football like Goal Line Technology (GLT). Nobody can argue over GLT because it’s easy and it’s simple even for the audience.
There are moments in the match where you might feel the VAR was completely unnecessary.
VAR Premier League Statistics for the 19-20 season:
Total overturns: 109
Leading to goals: 27
Leading to disallowed goals: 56
Penalties awarded: 22 (9 missed)
Penalties overturned: 7 (1 for offside)
Penalties retake: 4 (1 from scored, 3 from missed)
Goals ruled out for offside: 34
Goals awarded after incorrect offside: 8
Goals ruled out for handball: 14
Goals allowed after wrong handball: 2
Red cards: 9
Overturned red cards: 3
7 reasons why VAR is ruining football:
1: Misuse of quality time
Imagine your favourite team in a derby match during injury time needs one goal to equalize. It is 93rd in the added time is +4 min the other team has the possession in the box. The opponent’s striker takes a shot that is blocked by the defender and cleared away on the other end your team’s fastest player has the possession and he is running towards the Goal but suddenly you hear the whistle because the opponent teams claimed the handball and the referee called for the VAR and in the end, there was no handball but now the time is 96th min, your team takes the free-kick the referee blows the whistle and your team loses the most important match of their season.
In football each match is decisive but not all matches can make you throw your TV out and certainly not a derby match.
2: Referees are losing credibility
3: Fans are ignorant
For viewers watching from their home on a TV, it won’t be that hard to understand if a VAR has been done because we are watching replays of the event but for the actual viewers, it might be confusing. No replay means no way of knowing what happened or is the decision precise.
4: VAR can be corrupt too
Some matches are just unforgettable. There have been moments where the VAR rulings were controversial. It could be the referee misconceived it or it was done on purpose. If this is happening anywhere then the whole point of VAR is a big waste. Usually, this is not the case but there have been matches like this where every fan must’ve shouted at the ref at least once in their lifetime about the decision they take after the VAR check.
26 October – Brighton 3-2 Everton
In the 77th minute, a penalty was given to the hosts by VAR for a ‘foul’ by visiting defender Michael Keane on home striker Aaron Connolly. Neal Maupay converted from the spot for 2-2.
27 October – Norwich 1-3 Man Utd
Manchester United was awarded a first-half penalty by VAR after a collision between winger Daniel James and home defender Ben Godfrey. Marcus Rashford saw his penalty saved by Tim Krul.
27 October – Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos converted from close range and thought he had won the game for Arsenal late on, but the goal was ruled out by VAR for Calum Chambers ‘foul’ on Luka Milivojevic in the box.
2 November – Watford 1-2 Chelsea
A penalty was awarded to the Hornets by VAR after Gerard Deulofeu went down under a challenge from Jorginho with minimal contact. Deulofeu scored the spot-kick.
5: Slaughter the flow of the game
Many times the players have to wait because the referee has to go and check the replays from a screen which might be far from him from where he’s standing. Making a decision is not an easy task hence this requires time leading to the break of play between the players.
6: Controversy machine
7: Can’t be too happy too early
Players and fans both are troubled by cancelled goals. We can’t imagine what a player feels when the goal which he has already celebrated has been ruled out. Think of those fans who are screaming and throwing champagne away when they realize their team is not winning because the great goal which their favourite player scored has been ruled out. I can’t think of them cause it’s a disaster to go through something like that.
We all want the same thing which is the decision made should be 100% accurate. We want to concentrate on individual players and the skills they do rather than being in referee mode throughout the match.
Football is a free-flowing game and that’s the way it should stay. If a millimetre or two can disallow a goal and end the spirit of football then I don’t think it is the best choice for the sport.
We love the beautiful game and for now, no changes are required.