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15 Nov 2018 16:39:50
VAR to be used in premier league from 2019-20,too much of Technology is going to kill all the fun.

Anyone agrees?

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15 Nov 2018 17:12:49
Nope, anything that can improve the quality of officiating is a huge benefit, unless you think the current standard of officiating is good enough?

15 Nov 2018 17:20:12
Var will improve the game 100% just give it time.

15 Nov 2018 17:47:51
I think its a big step forward for the game as a whole.

15 Nov 2018 19:33:17
I never understood the argument they used to put forward for not introducing technology into football at the highest level. When they said they wanted to keep the pinnacle of the game as close to grassroots as possible.

As if when I used to play at the park or on the common used to be anything like the pinnacle of the game.

We never had enough players, we had no officials, no kits, no pitch markings, no goalposts. Just a ball, half a dozen lads and jumpers for goalpost. We tended to play games of two a side with one goal and one keeper and all sides shooting at the same goal.

I would love to see that format for the world cup final.

In modern football, we have sports scientists working on getting the most out of players, video replay, satellite tracking, dieticians, world class doctors and surgeons, pitches with undersoil heating, groundsmen maintaining the playing surface within very strict parameters, the pitches themselves are as high tech as my first PC.

Millions, billions of pounds spent to take every aspect of football the the peak of its existence.

Yet we still expect a referee to manage with no new tools to help him in over 100 years. Whistle, cards, notebook, pencil and coin.

In the times it taken him to sort out any on field issues the rest of the world have been privy to 4 or 5 replays from varying and in many cases impossible angles for an official to see from, slow-mo and the latest in computer software to check what is still unclear to the named eye on a slow-mo replay.

If we have access to all this technology then why shouldn't the man in charge of making the key decisions have it?

Its ridiculous that it's taken this long to introduce it in football. They have had it in rugby for many years. And they have managed it on a 20th of the budget that football has.

The problem of course is that football is run by the same group of dry dusty old white upper class busy bodies for the last 50 years. People who see the past in sepia blurred nostalgia. Who have spent the last 50 years trying to get football back to what it used to be, while selling it's soul for as much as they can grab and stash away for themselves.

Apparently EPL clubs have been asked to donate 250k each to Mr Scudamores golden handshake. That's a total of 5m.

These old codgers have kept football, especially English football stuck in the past rather than embracing the future.

The introduction of VAR is a much welcomed step into the future.

{Ed025's Note - cracking post that shappy mate..

15 Nov 2018 21:19:34
It will obviously make it more stop start and it will still be full of mistakes because it will still be interpreted by the same officials.

I don't think it will work, but we'll see.

16 Nov 2018 00:03:08
VAR is a step in the right direction, however, to leave it as the referee's choice is the wrong way to go about it the decision should be with the team to appeal to use it. 1 per half for each team, if unsuccesful then they will lose the appeal.

16 Nov 2018 01:02:22
All the other major leagues in Europe are already using it this season and it was used at the world cup. For a league that promotes itself as the best in the world to be behind everyone else is poor. So many more decisions will be called correctly.

{Ed007's Note - Wasn't the head of VAR in the Bundesliga sacked over match-fixing?}

16 Nov 2018 01:26:04
Have you ever watched rugby when the TMO takes waaaaay too long to figure out the answer. Or when they give a decision and the crowd have no flippin clue why?

It is painful.

I'm all for giving it a go. But it may take even more soul out of the game. I just hope they use it for "Clear and obvious" and don't start trying to solve the millimetre decisions of offside.

17 Nov 2018 18:08:49
VAR - it’s a no from me.

17 Nov 2018 18:37:18
But wrong decisions and contraversey are great. They add drama and history to the game. Making the game more clinical makes it less interesting.



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