I think most football fans would agree that the Premier League hasn’t exactly nailed down its VAR process.
Every week we seem to have debate over the technology which was quite literally designed to have the opposite effect.
Hairline offsides, missed red cards and a general overwhelming feeling of confusion, right now, it seems to be doing more harm than good.
As a result of recent dubious decisions, footage has emerged from the Australian League of the system being used perfectly, with audio being shared of how the officials actually come to their decision.
The clip actually comes from a game last season, in which Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant lunges into two challenges on Melbourne City opposition.
In less than a minute, a yellow card is rightfully turned to a red and viewers can hear the clear reasoning as to why that is.
As a commentator and a viewer, I'm all for this. Let everyone hear how and why the decision has been reached. Well done the A-League.pic.twitter.com/muCQ0kHaPg— Gary Taphouse (@garytaphouse) October 19, 2020
This is amazing. Fast decision, ref takes professionaly the advice from VAR to check for a red card and calmly changes his decision. Masterclass in Australia.— Jacopo Ferrari (@JacopoFerrari_) December 29, 2019
It’s a similar technique that’s employed in rugby, a sport where there is far less attention placed on refereeing decisions – so there must be something to it.
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