Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Football world divided over VAR storm

Football pundits, bloggers and fans had their say on the social media on the input of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the ongoing FIFA Confederation Cup in Russia.

The VAR was first called to action in the match between Portugal and Mexico when a seemingly good goal by defender Pepe disallowed.

In the match between Chile and Cameroon, Eduardo Vargas was certainly in disbelief that his first half effort was cancelled, when he fired past goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa after receiving a pass from Arturo Vidal - but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) felt otherwise.

It was the big talking point of the first half as Chile were denied the chance of taking the lead against the Africa champion in the Confederations Cup tie.

Referee Damir Skomina ruled the South American’s goal for an offside after VAR referral.

And there was still more drama from VAR in the dying seconds of the game, as Vargas made it two after firing home the rebound from Alexis Sanchez's blocked attempt on goal.

The assistant referee raised his flag for offside when Vargas was clearly onside. But the VAR rectified the official's outrageous decision.

As usual, fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the effectiveness of the Video Assistant Referee.

Check out the best tweets and make up your own mind...

VAR - Video Assisted RubbishVAR - Very Advanced Retardation— MonsterMind H.N.I (@iAm_MrhuRriKanE)June 18, 2017

Was the second goal the right call, or was the VAR just making amends for ruling Vargas's first goal out for offside?!?#ConfedCup2017— Ed Dove (@EddyDove)June 18, 2017

One of worst parts of #VARis that instead of players celebrating after goals, everyone is confused and watches the referee — Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA)June 18, 2017

VAR decision will definitely Help the referees of various leagues and football in general!!#TOP— John Ogu (@ogujohnugo)June 18, 2017

#VARis absolute disgrace to our beautiful football let say no this thing it adds confussion and more errors to the game..add referees— tonny starvo mwenda

(@tonnymwenda14)June 18, 2017
Okay now waiting for this VAR thing is crazy.Cameroon 0-2 Chile— Tolu Olasoji (@Tollexrism)June 18, 2017

#VAR's are a joke, they have ruined football. I hope you're happy now FA. Technology could ruinthe sport.— ŌΜΔIR ΔŠI₣ (@TheOmairAsif)June 18, 2017

I like the VAR. We need accurate decisions in big games. Sometimes referees give horrible calls. The game should be fair. It will improve.— Schillo (@Monty_KurLu)June 18, 2017

Honestly I love this VAR initiative..that Vargas goal was a clear goal..and yeye linesman wan robam..kudos to FIFA— omodia okhueleigbe (@omodia4real)June 18, 2017

Is there anybody watching tonight that doesn't think VAR is a shambles? We're all going to hell ina handcart.#Thinkagain.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys)June 18, 2017

VAR keeps bursting bubbles at the#ConfederationsCup— Lolade Adewuyi (@Jololade)June 18, 2017

The Vargas goal is legitimate. I'm in support of technology in football but the VAR is a no no for me@SuperSportTV— Olanipekun Awe (@pekunawe)June 18, 2017

VAR = Vodka Absolut Raspberry— Ballestrinque (@NicoChiessa)June 18, 2017

And this is how Hockey met Soccer#VAR— Julio Quinteros P. (@jquinterosp)June 18, 2017

With Goal Line Tech and VAR, human element in decision making on the field is greatly reduced, which I think makes the game a bit boring.— Olakunle FAYIGA (@k_ef4real)June 18, 2017

So VAR is "flawless"?! You sure? (@TaylorTwellman)June 18, 2017

VAR is new.. It needs to be improved and the system streamlined, but ultimately it will be fine. I think.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann)June 18, 2017

VAR will take a while to get used to. The idea is for it to eliminate confusion. Starting to look like it is a source of bigger confusion.— Babanla (@biolakazeem)June 18, 2017.

Written by Emmanuel Ndibe.
Edited by Cosmos Chukwuemeka

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