Has VAR gone beyond a joke?

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  1. invermeremike

    invermeremike Well-Known Member

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    How on earth did football survive when the referees didn't have the back-up of an outfit like Bletchley Park backed up by trigonometrical geniuses with computer programmes that measure in thousandths of an inch? The answer is perfectly well for well over a century so why now are we accepting this nonsense ruining the game by over analyzing details that the referee has literally no chance of spotting with the naked eye and some person intervenes to make a decision away from the pitch? I also think the standard of officiating will deteriorate given that someone else will step in and get the ref off the hook when needed.

    I will agree that some of the decisions that are over-turned are correctly applied but the offside rule has become blurred to the point where I believe it needs a major overhaul in order not to become the factor in the ruination of the game. Having refereed for many years I must confess that I not totally sure what constitutes an offside any more and in those days it was so much more simple but today it seems that if any part of the body falls afoul of trig functions then the player is deemed offside. Is a player's finger tip going to score a goal or is it more likely that a leg might put the ball in the net? The sport is called football for a reason and for me the only possible answer is to concentrate on where the defender's and the forward's legs are in relation to one another and the one furthest forward determines whether or not it is offside.

    Lots of discussion to be had here and various scenarios will arise based on individual's opinions but the use of a system that was introduced originally to monitor the goal line has taken itself too far for me and some of the decisions beggar belief and needs serious consideration as to it's part in dragging the game downwards. The Man Utd match today is a classic example as to why some of us are scratching our heads.:headbang:
     
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  2. Cliftonville

    Cliftonville Well-Known Member

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    In regards to offside there are three scenarios. Call confirmed (evidence conclusively shows the on-field call is right), call reversed (evidence conclusively shows the on-field call is incorrect), and call on the field stands (the video evidence does not clearly indicate the call was correct of incorrect). These calls frequently involve miniscule measurements applying this to offside - VAR very frequently has to prove the referee to be wrong.

    The above is applied to offside a rule with a black and white interpretation. VAR is also used for rules that are subjective. Referees again will be frequently wrong.

    I also think the standard of officiating will deteriorate given that someone else will step in and get the ref off the hook ... VAR does the opposite it undermines the ref.
     
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    bcfcredandwhite Well-Known Member

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    I was supportive of VAR originally as a tool for the referee to call upon if he needed reassurance when making a big decision (ie a penalty or a sending off).
    However, the way it is currently being applied is utter rubbish and we were better off as we were before.
    It begs the question as to whether it has been introduced by someone who hated VAR in the first place, so they've tried to make it SO unpopular it will end up being withdrawn - which was the intention all along.
     
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    Angelicnumber16 Well-Known Member

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    VAR has meant that there are multiple opportunities to get big decisions right, and yet we were somehow still better off before VAR came along whether the ref and linespersons called the decisions correctly or not.
    It's beyond a joke and should be scrapped immediately.
    They tried it, it didn't work, they should move on.
     
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    I'd be happy to see just goal line technology.

    If it has to carry on ex pros should make the decisions.
     
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    The phrase which sums up its usefulness is ‘ clear and obvious’, used in those circumstances I believe it could be a useful tool, but it’s never been used that way so it’s a definite no for me. It just spoils the spectacle on many levels .
     
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  7. invermeremike

    invermeremike Well-Known Member

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    I'm Ok with the goal line calls but a lot of the rest needs to be dumped. When the decisions are made off-field the integrity of the game and the referee are brought in to doubt. The after match reviews as to whether a tackle was deemed to be dangerous and deserved a red card is something I can accept because the ref can't see everything.
     
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    The offside rule with what appears to be the stud of a boot or a finger nail has made VAR a farce.......
    I agree with RP :emoticon-0106-cryin
    Just goal line technology would do me...and perhaps.............................Better refs!!!
     
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    Angelicnumber16 Well-Known Member

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    For me it needs to be all or nothing.

    Fair enough that we need to know if the ball has crossed the goal line, but this doesn't solve the penalty/no penalty, handball, or offside decisions that are needed.
     
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    Was this a foul?

    For myself its a unequivocal no.
     
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    Ridiculous decision, no way a foul, if anything Son should be booked.
     
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    I agree no foul and book Son but what I found interesting is that the majority of qualified refs in the link think it is a foul on Son. However 40% do not. It highlights the subjective nature of football rules. With the use of VAR either 40 or 60% of referees here decide on a right/wrong conclusion.
     
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    invermeremike Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed so many players going down like they have been shot and then 2 minutes later look like a star, despite screaming in agony during their supposed foul. The game and the referees are being taken for mugs by players with a total lack of respect for the game.
     
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  16. Cliftonville

    Cliftonville Well-Known Member

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    Its sixteen minutes but I thought Danny Murphy makes some good points.

    "BERKS LIKE GARY LINEKER" Heated Simon Jordan & Danny Murphy debate following Son/Cavani VAR scandal - YouTube

    Players and their Managers won't worry about respect unless the officials and authorities make them.
     
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    Only in the premier league is that a foul because of var. if var was used all over the pitch at any other level there would be no game just var.
     
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    West Ham Chelsea. The West Ham player will be sent off.

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  19. invermeremike

    invermeremike Well-Known Member

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    I watched the game and although the end result of the foot hitting the player looked ugly it was only on a follow through that posed no intent. VAR can ruin not just the game but it's integrity unless they use it only for goal line decisions and not to usurp the on-field officials.
     
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