LONDON – According to the Association of Football Supporters, English fans are demanding a significant improvement in the functioning of the VAR system. They criticize the inconsistency of rulings in which Premier League referees use this technology.
The news came after the weekend matches of the 6th round of the highest English league following the VAR rulings in the duels of West Ham and Newcastle. The former team could have equalized at 2:2 against Chelsea (2:1), but according to the referees, Jarrod Bowen made a mistake on Edouard Mendy, which he skipped after the goalkeeper blocked his shot.
The second questionable verdict also concerned the goalkeeper – Newcastle’s 1-0 goal against Crystal Palace (0-0) was disallowed for a foul on Vicente Guaita. That’s what Joe Willock had to do. However, the recording shows that the midfielder was pushed onto the keeper by visiting defender Tyrick Mitchell. The umbrella organization of Premier League referees PGMOL (The Professional Game Match Officials Board) acknowledged that the verdicts were flawed.
Major changes need to be made
“We have made it clear to the league management that a significant majority of match-goers and TV viewers find football with VAR less attractive. Big changes need to be made. We have criticized the implementation of the system from day one.” the CBP agency quoted from the official statement from the FSA.
According to the association’s survey, 95 percent of a sample of 33,000 respondents have this opinion of the system. “Our next meeting with the management is soon and we will continue to try to improve the conditions for visitors to the matches in this area. Communication, speed and accuracy, those are the issues that are not addressed.” the FSA added.