Didn’t see the Rashford incident so can’t comment, there’s confusion all around VAR on whether it’s now fit for purpose if indeed if it ever was, I think if it’s run correctly without outside interference (PGMOL) cough cough, I think it will be good for the game, the problem is, that the system used is meddled by the PGMOL, VAR itself or its operators are NOT the issue here, Sick of sayings this……
TMO…television match official..used in both codes of Rugby have it absolutely spot on, in Cricket, again it works perfectly well, as it does in Tennis, in Yank football, in Baseball (Rounders) the same, that’s Six major world sports that use a VAR/TMO and it works almost perfectly,…..
…referring back to Rugby….they have the on field referee miked up, we can all hear the conversations between the TMO & the Ref, there’s a big screen showing the incident concerned, and shows exactly what has happened in real time and in slo mo, everyone in the stadium knows what’s happening and everyone in the stadium involved,
In Cricket….again the incident, whether it’s a run out, lbw, a nick off the bat, a catch close to the ground, whatever…it’s scrutinised to come up with the right decision and the umpires although themselves inaudible, you can hear the TMO and camera operative workers together….
So why the F**k doesn’t it work in football…..correction…..why doesn’t it work in the EPL ??…..It does work in football, it worked well in the World Cup, it worked well in Europe not only for the CL but Europa league and internationally too….so again….WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY CONTENTIOUS ISSUES IN THE EPL, Every week, even midweek…..WHY……the PGMOL !!
I want someone official asking these questions to the PGMOL……
1, why are you not allowing Refs to be miked up ?
2, why can’t we hear the conversations between the VAR and the onfield referee ?
3, why isn’t there footage showing the incident on the big screens at stadiums ?
4, why only show the incident in slo mo, and not the whole incident in its entirety in real time ?
5, why can’t we use other Referees from other European nations leagues as in the CL ?
6, why can’t we have ex-players in a advisory role sat next to the VAR, someone with actual experience?
All of those questions need answers, if the PGMOL can’t or won’t come up with the answers then they as I expect are not fit for purpose, Howard Webb’s Plebs are killing our game, it’s clear & obvious to me that they have far too much influence on the VAR, the VAR operators are only there to operate their system,their systems work, as we’ve seen in other sports, except in the EPL where in their wee box at Stockley Park, somewhere in Milton Keynes the PGMOL will have a mate of the on field Ref influencing/bullying the VAR and to cover their own mistakes and dictating what the outcome is and not what it should be ??