At least VAR gives the opportunity for an extra cheer after each goal - it kind of 'doubles' the atmosphere at most stadiums in this country.
VAR is levelling the playing field. The sheer number of decisions that have been overridden only goes to prove just how often referees get decisions wrong. And remember, VAR isn't even checking all the decisions. Corners, throw ins etc are all still decision that refs get wrong with impunity.
Last night's Shrewsbury 'goal' WAS offside. VAR didn't decide it was offside - it just was. If the officials have doubts about offside they let the game run and then VAR corrects the decision. That's a damn sight better IMO than flagging for offside, incorrectly, and a team perhaps being denied a legal goalscoring opportunity.
I'm a big fan of the team that deserves to win, winning games. Far too many matches in my lifetime have had their results altered due to bad decisions leading to questions about referee bias etc. It's no surprise to me that VAR's introduction has coincided with some of the 'big clubs' having such a sh*te season - think a lot of them (and probably us too at periods) have had a lot of 'help' from officials.
Things have levelled out, as you can see by the dogfight for European spots and to beat the drop. Every team has now had at least 1 VAR decision in their favour. Wolves are the club with the lowest amount of decisions going their way, while their fans struggle to adapt to the change.
We've got off relatively lightly, but there's no question that VAR has bailed us out at times. We have been on top of the league ever since that handball was spotted at City v Spurs. Since then, everyone else has been playing catch up. Now the lead is 22 points, and at least 10 of them have indirectly resulted from VAR decisions in games, going our way and against City in theirs. Take those 10 points away under the old system, and we would still be biting our nails, probably out of the cup, and talking about never doing things the easy way instead of choosing our preferred game to win the league, and planning our street parties months in advance.
For the life of me I cannot grasp the thinking of ex players, pundits,even supporters who say VAR is of detriment to the game.
It needs fine tuning and some adjustment of course but any opportunity to rectify the decisions of the likes of the clown Atkinson can only be a step in the right direction.
We know why. The culture of the game for as long as I've been watching, (and probably long before that) has always been to use the ref as a running punchbag, to harass, intimidate, influence him, and cheat at any and every opportunity. So the referee (the man who is usually the least informed and cannot explain himself) is always the main target for blame for why their team didn't get the result they wanted. They can't do that in the EPL now, the culture of the game has to change, and they can't take it. Well they're going to have to because that's the way it has to be from now on.
Aside from that, English refs cannot referee in Europe or the world stage without using VAR in their own league. We're not the only sport that uses technology. All the others manage to grow up and get on with it. So will we.