Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has made four mistakes so far in the English Premier League this season. Mike Riley the referee chief in the EPL has admitted to the fact that the VAR has made some mistakes.
It was formerly said that the VAR is here to stay and just five weekend-matches in the EPL, it has already raised enough controversies in the league. It was brought to help reach more accurate decisions in the field of play. VAR was only introduced to the English Premier League this season.
The error includes Fabian Schar’s equalizer in Watford’s second game against Newcastle United. Also, Youri Tieleman stamp Callum Wilson of Bournemouth. These mistakes were discussed on Thursday in the Premier League shareholders meeting. The other two mistakes are the refusal of the referee to award a penalty when Jefferson Lerma stood on David Silva’s foot in the penalty box. And the decision not to give West Ham a penalty when Norwich defender brought down Sebastien in the penalty box.
Riley, the managing director of the elite refereeing body, said they are learning and they are also improving. There are just four mistakes from the referees’ side, on which VAR was not consulted. The mistakes are all about the judgment of VAR and the process that we adopt.
What Fans Don’t Know
There have been controversies but fans have failed to understand that VAR needs well equip facilities to run. Every stadium is to have a big television to view the decision taken but clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool do not have the big screen to view it. Except they will rely on loud tannoy announcement United used the last time.
What really are we to expect? Since VAR is already in use in the EPL, we should expect more errors because clubs don’t have the facilities to run it or will it be used only in the places where the facilities are complete?
Many people have come out to say it is not working in the EPL do you think these assumptions from fans are true or are the mistakes just minor issues they can overlook? Share your views in the comments section below.