I believed football would be a more fair game with VAR. How naive I was... It's worse than ever now and it has almost killed the sport entirely.
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You can't celebrate a goal anymore as you need to wait for VAR to give it their seal of approval. This open to interpretation handball farce has killed it for me.
I used to go mental when we scored but now I just sit there waiting for var to do something. It’s not enjoyable anymore.This is probably the worst thing. Don't think I have ever fully celebrated a goal with VAR. You can't even be sure when it's a screamer from 30m.
Another factor that Jose has touched upon is that our players are too "nice". Both in the sense that we struggle to play "snide" football to see games out. And in the sense that our players don't put enough pressure on the referees in situations like the one on Sunday.
Had that situation happened to Liverpool, United, Chelsea etc their players would have been on the referee pleading their case. And that does actually have some effect on the decision.
On Sunday the only Spurs player that seemed to actively protest the penalty decision was Winks and he got a warning for it.
Strength in numbers and what not.
I'm not saying we should bitch and moan about every decision that goes against us. But we could definitely enforce our presence some more on 50/50 scenarios like on Sunday.
It's amazing that there wasn't a bone-deep understanding among the powers that be of how destructive this aspect of it would be to the product they're selling.
I've banged on about this before but you're right that it's particularly sickening when the lines come out and they're trying to assess millimetres of difference.Unfortuently VAR has made the game far more controversial and frustrating. Before when there was a miss it was easy to say it was missed by the ref or linesman and they had to go with their instinct for calls related to handballs or the like. Sure it was frustrating when a peno was given against us or a goal got ruled out but it felt like you got as many as you gave and it was a hell of a talking point. With VAR, they spend 5 mins looking at it and still rule against common sense which makes it way worse. How many times has a goal been scored and then the dreaded VAR notification comes up only for it to be disallowed for something so slight or so much further back in play. I think the ones where they get the lines out to check for offside is beyond ridiculous.
With VAR in place for a while now, when we score a goal, my first thought isn’t to hit the ceiling and yell out, my first though is now was there anything wrong with that goal. It really has changed the feel of the game. I actually felt sick after the Newcastle game and I was thinking I would have rather not watched it tbh which says something.
I think one of the things that differentiates football from most other sports is it’s purity and simplicity. All you need is a ball and two (semi) working feet. By introducing technology like VAR, you’re removing the fundamental aspect of why people enjoy the game and frankly, I can’t fucking stand it.
What do you mean, it's only a matter of time, seems to me everybody's already doing it.......except us!It's only a matter of time before players start deliberately aiming the ball at defenders' arms. Whoever said pandora's box is spot on.