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West Ham Set to Vote for Keeping VAR

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West Ham United are expected to be among the clubs voting to retain VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology in the Premier League, despite strong opposition from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Premier League will hold a vote on June 6th to determine the future of VAR. Wolves have been vocal critics, even releasing a document urging other clubs to scrap the technology. They believe VAR is damaging the league’s reputation.

However, journalist Ben Jacobs reports exclusively to GIVEMESPORT that West Ham will vote in favour of keeping VAR. This comes despite the Hammers being on the receiving end of controversial decisions this season.

An analysis shows that West Ham’s final position of ninth wouldn’t have changed with or without VAR. They only missed out on three potential points due to VAR decisions.

Despite the minimal impact on our final ranking, West Ham hasn’t been spared VAR controversies. A recent 1-1 draw against Aston Villa saw them denied a last-minute winner due to a debatable handball call. The decision took an unusually long time (over 5 minutes), further fueling frustration.

Ex -West Ham manager David Moyes criticised the slow decision-making and perceived inaccuracy of VAR officials. He pointed out that this wasn’t an isolated incident, highlighting similar controversies in previous games against Burnley and Freiburg.

The upcoming vote will reveal the Premier League’s overall stance on VAR. West Ham’s decision to support it, despite their own experiences, highlights the ongoing debate about the technology’s role in the sport.

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  • Hammeroo says:

    Is there an option to vote for ‘limited VAR’ intervention? I say intervention because, really, that’s what it is most of the time. When it takes over 5 minutes to make a call then surely it’s not a clear and obvious error by the referee. It seems the players and fans are generally not at all happy with the VAR system as it is. Something needs to be done and keeping it as it is is not an option.

    • Ess_Bee says:

      I have advocated for the rugby style of using the TMO where the referee states what he saw and if they can confirm his decision is correct or not. The referee usually asks “Is there any reason why I can’t award a try?” In football’s case “Is there any reason I can’t award the goal/penalty”
      And there should be a time limit of 1
      minute. That should be enough time for any decision. As for offside, the player should be beyond the last defender and not just his big toe.

  • Robert says:

    Fans, like me, who attend matches, hate VAR while Sky, TNT, etc, and their “pundits” love it. Premier league clubs are beholding to the broadcasters who pump billions into the game and therefore VAR will stay.

  • Chris Kitson says:

    Get rid of it. With VAR you don’t cheer when the ball hits the back of the net, you wait 5 minutes for VAR to tell you you can jump up and down. That can’t be right.

  • John Ayris says:

    VAR should be to see what actually happened, it’s what actually happened that is pertinent. Why are we interested in whether the ref made a clear and obvious error ? It’s not the ref that VAR should be watching it’s what actually happened in the game.

  • Scooper says:

    Being a season ticket holder, I’m so disappointed to hear we are voting to keep VAR, the match day experience is terrible when you’re the last person to know the results of the review.

  • D.f.butcher says:

    Although it can take time var has made offside precise it’s just handballs and penalties where it reverts to someone’s opinions is the grey area , although dangerous tackles where the ref has yellow carded can rightfully be upgraded to red

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