What makes me laugh about this thread is how you write "VAR Review: xxx would've happened" as a type of matter-of-fact statement, when in reality football will always be a game of opinions and you have no idea what would've actually been decided.
VAR is better than nothing, but it will never be as cut-and-dry as your weekly statements make out to be.
You know I don't question a VAR decision, as it's like a refereeing version of CAS. Once a VAR makes a call on an incident, there is usually a valid case for why the final decision was made. There could be 100mn quid on the line over the coming weeks, a gang of clubs are hoping to avoid finishing 18th, we're in a title race, where mistakes by players and/or officials carry greater weight.
I don't get the row over that cup incident. The VAR at the time reviewed the incident and knowing what happened, decided a yellow for both players sufficed. One pundit thought the second goal in the other semi final was offside, questioning VAR because he thought the decision was wrong. No action was required as the replay showed the forward clearly onside. But just because somebody doesn't agree with one decision occasionally, doesn't mean we must tear it up and take a step back to the bad old ways. VAR has already cut down on dark arts behaviour at set pieces, practically eliminated diving in the penalty area, and drastically reduced protests about decisions in general on the pitch. That is great for the game.
There will be 100+ major, game changing, refereeing injustices in the EPL this season allowed to stand. Like everyone else in the league, we've suffered our fair share of crap decisions. If we won at Arsenal as we should have with VAR, we would be comfortably top of the league now. But it's not and our fate is out of our hands atm. VAR has a 99.3% correct decision rate, so when it is called upon, it will get many more decisions right than we do atm.
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