Some of the Cameroonian players did not cover themselves in glory during their Women’s World Cup defeat to England on Sunday in Valencienne.
The Cameroonian disappointment was understandable but the way they manifested their disappointment was rather unfortunate. What needs addressing, though, is the complete and utter rampaging shambles that is VAR. It needs throwing in the bin and then setting on fire. It’s an experiment that has failed. It is not suited to football. It was sold as a method by which errors could be eradicated. Nonsense.
To be fair, the offside decisions were debatable during England’s 3-0 win – but still caused all manner of trouble. What is the point of it when it wrecks that much havoc when it gets things right? Absolutely none at all. Let’s get back to the point where the referee’s decision is final. VAR is FIFA just passively-aggressively micro-managing referees from distance.
IT DOES NOT WORK. Sack it off.
There has been lot of negativity this summer surrounding it because there has been a lot of football on and there has been rule changes to the game.
VAR has been used and it is already breeding negativity amongst fans.
Fans are concerned it is going to take away excitement of enjoying a goal. Players are going to be scared to celebrate a goal in case it is taken away from them.
We want the right decisions, but was the game really that desperate for everything to be absolutely perfect and spot on?
Football is so subjective, I think that VAR has taken on far too much too early. The moment we got goal-line technology, all of sudden everyone knew there was going to be tweaking and other bits added to it.
All of a sudden, VAR is already a passion killer. It’s killing everyone in football at the moment if you look at some of the decisions at the Women’s World Cup. There is no consistency to when and where they use it.
Playing now as a defender, they’d be thinking they can’t do the job anymore as a defender because they can’t get close to their opponent and defend as they should.
They need their arms for balance, but players will kick the ball at the hands because nine times out of ten, VAR is going to earn them a penalty.
In theory, if you aren’t moving your arms to block the ball deliberately, it shouldn’t be a penalty.
But now with these rule changes, it doesn’t have to be deliberate. The only way to avoid it is by putting pockets in shorts so players can keep their hands in pockets.
Personally, this reporter is worried about what is going to happen and how it is going to affect fans.
Something that was supposed to stop all the arguments is going to cause more arguments than what there was before.
These people are going back to watch things in slow motion. Things happens in real time so watch it in real time.
There are certain instances when you watch it in slow motion and you need it. I also worry about the people watching it on replay.
At half-time in a match between Mainz and Freiburg, many of the players had already headed back down the tunnel when the video assistant awarded a penalty to Mainz for a handball spotted in the final action of the first half. Amid utter confusion, the players were called back onto the field, where the half-time sprinklers had already been turned on.
“The peak of absurdity has been reached,” wrote Die Zeit, but Pablo De Blasis converted the penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time and Mainz went on to win 2-0, leaving Freiburg furious.
Many match-going fans and organized fan groups have been staunch opponents of VAR from the start, criticizing the German Football League (DFL) and the German Football Association (DFB) of irreparably damaging their stadium experience and robbing the game of emotion.
While fans watching on television have the benefit of high-definition replays from multiple angles, supporters who have dedicated time and money to supporting their team inside the stadium have often been left in the dark for minutes on end.
Chants of “You’re destroying our game!” are heard without fail every time a VAR review takes place, often from both sets of fans, including those whose team stands to benefit from the decision.
The professional referees
The aim of VARs is not to achieve 100% accuracy for all decisions as there is no desire to destroy the essential flow and emotions of football which result from the game’s almost non-stop action and the general absence of lengthy stoppages. The philosophy is:
“minimum interference – maximum benefit”
To ensure that the referee (not the VAR) is the key match official, the referee will always make a decision (except a ‘missed’ usually ‘off the ball’ incident), including the decision that no offence has occurred. The referee’s decision can only be changed if the video review shows a clear error, i.e. not ‘was the decision correct?’ but:
“was the decision clearly wrong?”
There is no way a referee is going to go against VAR. Pierluigi Collina would, but he is no longer involved.
The ones who are earning a living from the game, they aren’t going to do anything because it is going against the grain.
It is like asking a doctor to make a decision about another doctor. It is never going to happen.
He is never going to say that is wrong. The referees on the pitch are also seeing their jobs taken away from them and are not allowed to make their own decisions any more.
They live and die by that. The referee should have been professional years ago and referees made to answer for their decisions.
Now that is never going to happen because the referee has four or five bookworms sitting there watching it on TV and contradicting the decision that was made.
Match officials make hundreds of decisions in every match, including decisions that an offence has not occurred. It would be impossible, without completely changing football, to review every decision. Thus, the use of VARs applies to four categories of match-changing decisions/incidents:
-Goals/ no goal decisions
-Penalty/ no penalty decisions
-Direct red cards (not 2nd yellow cards)
In all these situations, the VAR is only used after the referee has made a decision (including allowing play to continue), or if a serious incident is ‘missed’ that is not seen by the match officials.
The referee has to live the rest of his life knowing that every time he gets something wrong, it’s being put right and he’s going to be persecuted even more for being useless.
Human error should still be allowed to play a part in football. It’s a fact of life, and now we are taking away that part of football.
As a footballer, you are going to make a mistake. You will get persecuted by the fans, your manager and by your fellow players if you make a mistake.
But it shouldn’t be life or death. It is going to cause so many problems off the pitch in bars and clubs that weren’t there before.
FIFA introduced the golden goal rule in 1993. It was hoped that the golden goal would produce more attacking play during extra time, and would reduce the number of penalty shootouts.
In February 2004, the IFAB announced that, after Euro 2004, the golden goal method would be removed from the Laws of the Game, as FIFA restored the original rules.
During its 132nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) which took place in Zurich on 3 March 2018, The IFAB decided to allow the use VARs in association football as an option for competitions. It also made various amendments to the Laws of the Game 2018/19 required to ensure they reflect the use of VARs where applied, including the introduction of the VAR Protocol in the Laws.
The system is great for leagues or tournaments where every club involved has the same chance of being affected by it. But where it automatically creates an uneven playing field in other competitions, as proven by the recent Women’s World Cup this weekend, it is better off not being used at all especially if the use of VAR is not up to speed.
IT DOES NOT WORK. Sack it off.
By Elume Raymond – Sports Analyst