That was the worst weekend so far for VAR – changes HAVE to be made

first_imgTHAT was the worst weekend for VAR in the Premier League so far this season.Everyone was buzzing for the return of club football but now we’re back talking about dodgy decisions again.4 Liverpool felt hard done by when United’s first goal stoodCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Sadio Mane’s disallowed reply was an example of VAR workingCredit: PA:Press AssociationSaturday’s matches were a mess and then we had more issues at Old Trafford on Sunday.I do think Victor Lindelof fouled Divock Origi from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s goal for Manchester United, which was given after a long VAR check.But why didn’t the referee Martin Atkinson run over to have a look himself on the pitchside monitors?I know they said they want the referee to trust VAR — but what was the difference between Chris Wood’s goal for Burnley that was disallowed on Saturday and that?Just what is the point of the monitors if they aren’t being used? For God’s sake, go and have a look — just like they do in Spain, Germany and Italy.We don’t want refs going over to them four or five times in a match. But he could have looked at a few different angles and taken a call from there. The bar has been set too high.DEL OF A MESSThere’s no consistency either. Sadio Mane had a goal for Liverpool disallowed after he handled in the box, which is the law against attacking players in the box — even if it’s not deliberate.So, why was Dele Alli’s goal against Watford allowed to stand? If the ball hits you on the Premier League badge or below, it’s your arm and therefore a handball.We’re almost in November and no one seems any wiser to how VAR is being used.I want VAR technology to work, I really do. When it was brought in, we were told it would provide “minimum interference, maximum benefit”.They want trust between the ref and VAR but, come on, it’s just not being used properly.You will not see a clearer penalty than when Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu was brought down by Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen.4 Confusion reigned supreme with Alli’s goalCredit: Reuters4 Burnley were fuming when having a goal of their own ruled outCredit: Getty Images – GettyHow professional referees looking at that incident in real time, and then in slow-motion, don’t think that is a penalty is beyond me.The same goes for Manchester City, who should have been given one when Kevin De Bruyne was fouled by Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace. Again, it was a blatant penalty.There has not been a single spot-kick awarded by VAR in 89 matches so far this season.That is crazy when you consider how many incidents there are each weekend.latestSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleThere is no doubt some changes need to be made to how VAR is being used — and hopefully that comes soon.There is definitely a role for it in the game, if used effectively.But we need to ensure we’re not talking about these mistakes every weekend, instead of the actual football being played.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises referee for ‘letting things go’ following 1-1 draw with Liverpool rife with VAR controversylast_img


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