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As we all know, Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in England has become the laughing stock of the football world, with post-match discussions no longer about a spectacular bit of individual brilliance or an underdog cohesive unit producing the unthinkable against a title-challenging side.
No, now we have to endure a long and boring conversation about why a handball should or shouldn’t have been given, or why a striker’s arm is too long.
The 2018 World Cup was similar to a pilot episode in a TV show as the introduction of VAR into mainstream football followed the new and shiny technology’s successful stint in Russia.
Its introduction has meant that games are far more prone to stoppages and delays with the on-field referee conferring with those located off-field to pinpoint the correct decision.
A major point of contention among supporters is the inconsistency in conclusions following a review. Of course, we need to understand that human interpretation is, on the odd occasion, going to get the better of some judgements and that is one thing that will never be eradicated.
Football supporters have branded VAR as one of the worst things to happen to the sport as it rids the opportune moment of any excitement and instead turns it into an excruciatingly long wait before the match officials make a decision.
The inception was meant to benefit all parties so the correct decisions could be made in a fast, but accurate manner, but the regular incompetence shown has enraged fans to an extent where they are thinking “what’s the point?”.
So, maybe the manhandlers of the equipment are to blame?
In essence, yes. The premise of VAR itself is clever as it allows games to be correctly judged, meaning all teams are on a level playing ground if you exclude footballing ability.
Fairness in decisions should be the blanket assurance for all teams. There should be more effort in improving its efficiency and reducing the human error nature as fans are - understandably - tired of its seesawing suitability to the game.