Posted by sean on January 27, 2018 at 10:39 pm in Football with No Comments

I watched a football farce tonight, without Leeds United even kicking a ball!

Liverpool’s televised FA Cup tie against West Brom became an embarrassment, after it was chosen to trial VAR – Video Assisted Referee.

I don’t like too much technical intervention in football, but have come to accept that goal line technology is here to stay.

What is worrying and, in my opinion, a step too far is VAR, as it proved this evening…

Throughout the first half at Anfield, the match was stopped on a number of occasions to disallow goals, give penalties and then award goals.

The biggest problem was that it took so bloody long. Those worried about VAR were reassured that it would take seconds for a decision to be reached. Instead, it took up to four minutes, while the referee spoke to a fellow official on this headset, over 200 miles away, at a secret location. It was all very 007. At one point, the remote official couldn’t make his mind up, leaving the original referee to watch a replay on a nearby television…

In one word- FARCE.

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