Any player who enters VAR room, 13 miles from nearest Premier League ground, will be sent off


It hasn’t taken long for VAR to cause a stir in the Premier League.

The technology, which for the most part was a success at the 2018 World Cup, isn’t being used in the top flight for the first time this season.

And Manchester City already have plenty of reasons to complain about it.

The reigning champions had a goal disallowed in their 5-0 win against West Ham when Raheem Sterling’s shoulder was found to be marginally offside.

And Gabriel Jesus had a late goal chalked off against Tottenham last week when replays showed the ball brushed Aymeric Laporte’s arm on its way to the Brazilian, denying City three points.

Both goals were ruled out after they were reviewed by VAR.

All decisions are made by the VAR and their team at the Video Operations Room (VOR) in Stockley Park, Uxbridge.

And FourFourTwo’s Conor Pope has discovered a nonsensical rule related to the VOR room.


Under Law 1: The Field of Play, any player that enters the room is shown a red card.

Yet Stockley Park is 13 miles from the nearest Premier League ground - Watford's Vicarage Road stadium.

Any player that manages to make it there during a game to complain about a decision has done very well for themselves.

Many are already growing frustrated with VAR. But former referee Neil Swarbrick, who is in charge of its introduction in the Premier League, says supporters need to trust the technology.

“We're really pleased with how we have started," Swarbrick told Sky Sports News. "We had a select group meeting yesterday, we sat down and talked about how we've started so far.


"As I've always said, this is evolving. As we move forward, there are always going to be improvements we can work upon and that will be the case.

Generally, all the referees have been really happy with how it's gone so far as well.

"At the moment, [fans] have just got to have trust in what we're doing and, obviously, as we move forward, pick up on our operating."

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