Is VAR killing football?
VAR has faced more criticism on New Year’s Day, after one decision during Burnley vs Aston Villa which left football fans stunned.
The Video Assistant referee system has come in for a lot of criticism this season.
While there have been quite a few decisions correctly overturned, there seems to be a big issue with offsides.
The system, in its current state, requires VAR to identify even the most marginal offside.
That often requires VAR to use lines and dots to identify whether any goalscoring part of the body is offside or not.
While that in theory is a good thing, some of the examples have been pretty disappointing.
The latest issue came during Burnley vs Aston Villa on New years day.
Jack Grealish that is brilliant!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 1, 2020
Was this the right decision from VAR?
The two teams were in need of three points, with both dangerously close to the relegation battle below them.
Aston Villa thought they had gone ahead after Jack Grealish headed home in the 11th minute.
Though, after a lengthy delay, the goal was strangely disallowed.
On TV replays, it was identified that striker Wesley Moraes’s heel was marginally offside.
And when we mean marginal, we mean a slither.
While by the letter of the law it’s offside, that seems a very harsh decision.
Thankfully for Aston Villa, that decision didn’t harm them in any way.
The Villans went in at the break 2-0 up, with Wesley and Jack Grealish on the scoresheet.
Safe to say, VAR needs to change a lot if it’s to appease the public.