It’s a chant we’ve heard around pretty much every Premier League ground this season.
Why? Because it’s a complete waste of time.
During today’s matches, THREE goals have now been ruled out by VAR for offside – and all of them were ridiculously tight.
Firstly, Dan Burn’s first ever goal for Brighton was disallowed during their game against Bournemouth. You couldn’t see with a naked eye from the replays that the defender was offside.
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Luckily for the Seagulls, they still ran out 2-0 winners.
Later in the day, VAR was at it again.
During Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, Wilfried Zaha was adjudged to have been offside before he assisted Max Meyer.
Again, replays were pretty inconclusive as the game ended 1-1.
Then, at Carrow Road, Teemu Pukki had a brilliant goal disallowed by VAR for, once again, a very marginal offside decision.
What makes things worse is that the system being used isn’t even 100% accurate.
Earlier in the season, a report in the Daily Mail explained how there is currently a margin of error.
“Referee bosses insist the technology being used gives almost 100 per cent certainty in tight offside decisions – but we can reveal that is simply not the case,” they wrote.
“The technology used in trying to determine when a ball was passed and when a run was made is actually not advanced enough – with a margin for error that could be as big as 38.8cm (14inches).”
Do we really need football to be absolutely flawless and disallow goals for a player apparently being centimetres offside?
Is that the reason we brought in VAR? To spend minutes drawing wonky lines to see if a player’s armpit is more advanced than a defender’s foot?
It’s a joke.