Many supporters in England are against the video referee, claiming that it takes the emotion out of football.
The VAR (video referee) is often the subject of controversy in national and international football. Whether out of millimeter offside or the delay in analyzing the moves, many fans criticize the system for being kill the emotion at Soccer.
In England, VAR was introduced only this season, a year after being presented in the Portuguese League. The objective of the system is to reduce the mistakes made by the field referee, thus having a game with more correct decisions.
As time passed, fans began to turn their backs on the video referee. A group in England has created an online petition (with almost 20,000 signatures so far) to abolish the system next season. “The fans were misled. They told us that the VAR would be used only in clear and obvious situations. We have not seen this, it is not the reality”, they justify, on the website.
This displeasure began to appear, mainly, following goals canceled out of play by millimeters, the player being in an irregular position due to the positioning of the shoulder or toe.
An example of this was in the game between Norwich and Tottenham. A goal overturned by Teemu Pukki, forward of the home team, generated a lot of controversy for being marked offside for a millimeter issue. The fans threatened to protest in the next game against VAR. “Stop ruining live football”, they complained.When the VAR is analyzing a bid, in the stadiums it is also customary to hear various songs criticizing. Stripes against the system have also been displayed. “Killing passion, killing the environment, killing the game. End VAR now”, read during the game between Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Former international striker Gary Lineker, a reference in English football, published a poll on the social network Twitter, in which he questioned whether people were for or against the video referee: 71% of voters expressed that they are not in favor. “This technology kills the emotion of scoring a goal”, summarizes the group of fans who submitted the petition.
In Portugal the video referee is also a subject of discussion
In Portugal the video referee is often a topic of discussion. The main criticism is the delay in analyzing the moves, which leaves the fans expecting, not knowing if it will be a penalty, or if they will score the goal.
In the match between Vitória SC and Rio Ave, on the 18th round, VAR took about seven minutes to analyze a potential penalty shot. There were many whistles from the stands as a protest for the delay and for the break in the pace and emotion of the game.
In December, Santa Clara coach João Henriques also addressed the offside issue. “We are killing football, in my opinion. Throws by six centimeters, because it’s the jersey or the shoulder. I think it’s ridiculous, but it’s the rules and we have to respect them,” said the coach after the draw against Marítimo.
Over 600 bids analyzed in 11 games
In the first eleven rounds of the Portuguese League last season, 639 moves were analyzed. Only nine analyzes were wrong, data provided by the Arbitration Council of the Portuguese Football Federation.
This is a topic that still divides the opinion of the supporters. It is a system that helps in correcting errors and assists the referees during the game. However, the main criticism of the fans is the question of the emotion that takes away from football.