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VAR: Keep or Scrap? Why Wolves’ Proposal Puts Football at a Crossroads

There is a fundamental problem in football that we need to address. Wolves’ proposal to scrap VAR has sparked a very relevant debate and brought it front and center for everyone in football.

What do we as fans, experts, clubs, players and managers expect from football and the way it is whistled?

In my view, we are at a crossroads where we have two clear options: move forward with VAR and further technology in the game to make more refereeing decisions correctly; Or scrap VAR in the top flight and prioritize the live spectacle for spectators in the stadium and at home.

That’s it. We have to choose one or the other. We can’t have it both ways. Even if that is exactly what the football authorities are desperately looking for.

Our current one Sky sports news The survey is clear: there is a clear majority of football fans who want to see the end of VAR. However, we should remember that in a similar poll before VAR, the majority of supporters were in favor of its introduction.

This change in sentiment, in my opinion, points at least in part to a failure of marketing. Before its introduction, the news surrounding VAR spoke of a football future in which every single referee decision would be correct.

To be clear, this was not a message from the Premier League or the PGMOL. But it was the general narrative in the sports media and among football pundits. VAR was the holy grail, something that overrode human fallibility, something that ended football fans’ endless argument about the rights and wrongs of penalty decisions and offside decisions.

Finally, we had a taste of how technology can support football by painlessly introducing goal-line decision-making. It was easy. Just a quick buzz on the referee’s watch. Undeniable. Brilliant.

However, the reality is that – aside from goal-line decisions and (probably) offside decisions – the vast majority of referee decisions are subjective. They are a matter of opinion. Was the contact sufficient to impose a penalty? Was a player’s challenge reckless enough to warrant a red card? Whether those decisions are made by the officials on the pitch or by a VAR watching countless replays on a monitor, it is still a human being to express an opinion. And that’s why it’s fundamentally fallible.

When VAR was introduced in the Premier League five years ago, we should have recognized that refereeing decisions can never be made 100 percent.

What do other PL clubs think?

According to Sky Sports News, Liverpool are among the clubs that would not support abolishing VAR.

While a leading Premier League manager from another club told Sky Sports News: “VAR is here to stay.”

Several top clubs believe that VAR is a help rather than a hindrance and that the focus should be on improving its use and communication with fans rather than abolishing it entirely.

In February, the Premier League announced that 96 percent of refereeing decisions had been correct at this point this season. Compare that to only 82 percent of correct referee decisions before VAR. 96 percent is great. But it’s not 100 percent.

The Premier League does not take this issue lightly. In fact, it’s one of his biggest priorities when managing the game.

A few months ago (long before the Wolves introduced their proposal) it was said that they were seeking greater accuracy in decision-making, shorter delays in communicating those decisions and more transparency to improve the fan experience. The last of these goals is beyond his control.

The IFAB needs to change the rules to allow referees to speak directly to the audience about their decisions. The Premier League is lobbying lawmakers hard to allow this. But the Match Officials Mic’d Up retrospective has been introduced to try to improve transparency, admit mistakes and highlight when VAR works.

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Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane and Andy Cole react to the possibility of a VAR-free Premier League

This brings us back to our original basic question: What do we want from football and referees?

It has been made clear to me that the Premier League and most top clubs want VAR to stay. But they also want it to improve and develop.

They want more technology, better trained specialists, faster decisions, decisions better communicated to fans in the stadium, more consistent and accurate use of technology, more Technology to make more decisions right. And that is the clear motivation from the game: make more right decisions.

But if we choose this route, we must expect that the game itself will be interrupted frequently and often disruptively, which can harm the game as a live spectacle.

For the striker who just scored, for the thousands of fans in the stadium and for the millions watching at home, many goal celebrations will remain muted until they are checked by VAR.

Yes, we can push officials to make decisions more quickly to limit disruption. But when this happened earlier this season in September and pressure was put on the PGMOL to make quicker judgments, we saw Luis Diaz’s goal for Liverpool against Tottenham incorrectly ruled out because the VAR miscommunicated the situation to the referee in its haste had to get the game going again.

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Newcastle’s Anthony Gordon was fuming after VAR failed to award him a penalty in the first half of Wednesday’s defeat to Man Utd

Longer VAR decisions can quickly destroy the atmosphere in a stadium. There is no doubt about that. It can slow the momentum of a team that is on top in a game. It may – as is Wolves’ fundamental argument – damage football as a spectacle for paying players and make the Premier League less attractive as a commercial entity globally.

When we talk about top English sport as the “best league in the world”, this is primarily due to the quality of football and players, the competitiveness of almost all games and the speed and excitement of the games. It is rarely praised as the best due to the accuracy of the referee’s decisions.

It’s inevitable that some of that excitement and spectacle will be lost when everything at Stockley Park stops to intently watch some video footage.

So the other option is to forego technology and VAR in refereeing decisions. Shelve plans to introduce semi-automatic offside throws next season and other innovations that improve accuracy. The result will be far fewer interruptions to the passionate, fast-paced game we all love. Fans and players look at the referee on the field and their decision is final. A goal would be a goal. Immediately and joyfully. We could all spontaneously celebrate or despair.

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Wolves’ Jose Sa says he doesn’t understand why so many VAR decisions go against his club and claims it has cost him 10 points

But if we choose this option, we also have to accept that there will be far more refereeing errors. Far more bad decisions. Certainly ones that would influence the outcome of individual games. Maybe some that would influence the outcome of league titles or promotion and relegation. As in the “good old days”, justice and fair play took second place to tension and emotions.

And the Premier League would be at odds with other major European leagues and, above all, at odds with UEFA. It would be a pretty ridiculous situation if teams in the Premier League played without VAR at the weekend, but in the Champions League with VAR during the week. Is that sustainable?

So it’s time to choose. What do we really want from football?

The Wolves’ proposal will almost certainly fail. VAR is likely to remain in place, but it could change in the future.

But the debate about technology in football and its impact on the fundamental flow and enjoyment of the game will continue.

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