‘Fans hate it’: 10 key figures on VAR this season: KDB, Cech, Mourinho…
We’re now into the second season where VAR has been implemented in the Premier League, but it’s not getting any less contentious.
There’s been plenty of talking points from key incidents involving Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Leeds, to name but a few clubs affected by VAR’s most controversial uses, and that appears unlikely to change any time soon.
Here are some of the strongest and most interesting statements from ex-players, pundits, current players, managers and those involved in the administration side of things.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 30, 2020
“How is any goalkeeper supposed to cover an area of 7m32cm by 2m44cm without any foot movement while the players shoot from 12 yards with average speed of 70 mph which takes the ball 0.35 seconds to cross the goal line is beyond my understanding…” the Chelsea technical director posted on Instagram after Lukasz Fabianski was penalised for stepping off his line against Leeds.
“It is easy to criticise without giving any solution so here it is: CAN THE REFEREE JUST MAKE A SECOND LINE 4 FEET FROM THE GOAL LINE USING THE SPRAY AND THE PENALTY HAS TO BE SAVED IN BETWEEN?”
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 1, 2020
“I prefer to stay away [from VAR],” after Brighton scored a controversial equaliser against Spurs.
“Probably the referee should go to the press conference and explain. He had time to go to the screen so only he can explain why it is a goal.”
Earlier in the season his silence spoke volumes after an Eric Dier handball cost his team two points in injury-time against Newcastle.
“If I want to give some money away I’ll give some to charities, I don’t want to give to the FA. So prefer not to comment.”
Ludicrous. Utterly ludicrous law exacerbated by VAR. Can we have our game back please?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 27, 2020
“Look, I’m an Evertonian. But I’m looking at it as ‘rules’,” the Australian told Optus Sport after VAR failed to intervene and send Jordan Pickford off after his challenge on Virgil van Dijk.
“And VAR is a rule. Whether it works in favour of Everton or Liverpool.
“The key element is quite alarming. That an individual inside the VAR box can be subjective. There should be [none of that] whatsoever. He has a duty to the game to say the rules are as they are.”
It’s “clear and obvious” we need a serious discussion about VAR. Sure I’m not alone in feeling like they are falling out of love with the game in its current state. pic.twitter.com/5FGgLtqbHs
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 28, 2020
“A lot of people I have spoken to are not enjoying football as much as they once did because it is constantly in review, constantly on a screen and you are still not getting the consistency we are looking for. I agree with Milly. A lot of footballers and a lot of fans would agree with him, too,” the Liverpool left-back told The Guardian.
“Football is a great game that we fell in love with, and are still in love with, and it is important we don’t lose that. I am all for change and we have to move with the times but it is important to remember the key values of football that made us fall in love with it.”
Kevin De Bruyne
“I don’t know the rules anymore honestly,” the Belgian told Sky Sports after Gabriel Jesus saw a goal against Tottenham disallowed against Tottenham.
“I thought if it’s above the arm here [above the bottom of the sleeve] that it’s not handball anymore. Everybody knows that it hits him here. I don’t know the rules.”
📺 A replay of the Gabriel Jesus handball.
— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) November 21, 2020
The FIFA President said there’s “only one league in the world” where VAR “seems to be a problem” – The Premier League (via Tariq Panja)