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Hallelujah: VAR change gets approval

Var technology will be amended next season in a bid to calm outrage among fans and manager over fine-margin offside decisions.

According to The Telegraph ref bosses have been given backing by clubs to widen the digital stripes which have even led to goals being ruled out by a player’s armpit,.

A total of 128 goals or incidents were directly affected by the video referee in the top tier last season.

It would ensure that the attacker gets more of a benefit of doubt after top-tier executives gave the thumbs up following a presentation at the league’s Annual General Meeting.

The Premier League has yet to comment on the change, but said shareholders “discussed a range of matters and recommitted to build on the collective of all 20 clubs to benefit the wider game”.

Claretandhugh says: Well at least something is being done to help rule out some of the absurd decisions which in our view has made the game a less attractive spectacle following the introduction of VAR. And that was borne out by a survey conducted by the Football Supporters Association when approaching 50 per cent of season ticket holders were less likely to be attending games as a result of the new technology. The reality is entirely simple. Football is about scoring goals – that’s the epicentre of the game and when they are ruled out by ridiculously small margins after fans have been kept waiting ages for a decision, the game is bound to lose some of itsĀ  appeal. This will help but a bigger aid would be to knock VAR on the head altogether in our opinion

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5 comments on “Hallelujah: VAR change gets approval

  1. This offside rule is simple to overcome all there got a do is take a leaf from cricket if the onfield decision is given on or offside and it’s hard to say one way or the other after 30 sec it stays with the onfield decision

  2. Agree, Hugh, but are they ready to give up their new toy so soon?

  3. OK Hugh, a more sensible decision would be to get rid of the offside rule. With the speed of the game now, and fitness of the players, the pitch is effectively smaller than when the rule was originally thought up, so we now have 20 outfield players operating in one third of the pitch for most of the game. This allows the cloggers to prevent the talented players operating, leading to boring goalless drawers and 1-0 wins.
    If you disagree then please explain the point of the offside rule – and don’t say to stop goal hanging! That would mean defenders remaining back with the forward and opening up the pitch, leading to a more open game and more goals (the point of the game)

  4. This will suit teams like Man City and Liverpool and Tottenham who have a player like sterling or mane or salah, or son making runs onto long balls lobbed over the top of the defenders. Quite often they have goals ruled out for offside but next year they will now have a field day.

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