Okay, let’s do a quick show of hands. Is there anyone out there who *doesn’t* have serious doubts over the future of football with VAR?
No? Didn’t think so.
VAR has, unfortunately, been the biggest talking point after pretty much every weekend of the 2019-20 season so far.
There have been countless controversial incidents in various leagues this season and it’s hard to see the situation improving unless big changes are made.
A lot of fans feel that what we’re currently watching on a weekly basis simply isn’t football – and it’s hard not to sympathise with that opinion.
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We saw more chaotic scenes involving the unpopular technology during Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash between Tottenham and Manchester City, when the visitors were awarded a penalty two minutes following Serge Aurier’s initial challenge on Sergio Aguero.
And hours earlier, over in Spain’s second division, there were more farcical scenes when Fuenlabrada’s Cristobal Marquez was sent off TWICE in the space of a few minutes.
Marquez was shown a straight red card by referee Isidro Díaz de Mera for a high challenge on a Girona player.
The midfielder subsequently made his way off the pitch and to the dressing room.
But expect the following minutes to pop up on the ‘What Happened Next…’ section on a future A Question of Sport episode.
The referee then reviewed Cristobal’s red-card offence on the pitch-side monitor and, after checking all the available angles, decided to reverse his decision.
Cristobal was called back from the dressing room and made his way back onto the pitch after the ref downgraded his red card to a yellow.
Fired up and angry after being allowed back into the game, the 35-year-old then immediately got into an angry confrontation with Girona’s Alex Granell.
Hilariously, Cristobal was then shown another yellow card by the referee, which meant he was back inside the dressing room before he knew it!
Watch the ridiculous incident here…
Have you ever seen anything quite like this before? Madness.
To make matters worse for Cristobal, Fuenlabrada lost the match 1-0, with former Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani scoring the only goal of the game in the first half.