We are only half-a-season into its use in the Premier League, but fans up and down the land have grown thoroughly fed up with the use of VAR, and it seems as football’s rule-makers aren’t happy either with how the technology is being used.
This weekend’s Premier League action saw a whole host of goals chalked off for the most marginal of offsides, with the video referee in Stockley Park scrutinising footage to the most minuscule of margins, Wolves‘ well-worked equaliser against Liverpool the most high-profile of examples.
Over 20 goals have now been ruled out by VAR for offside, with fans being left frustrated after seeing seemingly good goals chalked off due to an armpit or a toenail being deemed to be in an advantageous position.
Meanwhile, we’ve seen a whole host of decisions, such as penalties, red cards and handballs, not overturned by VAR because of their ‘clear and obvious’ criteria, and Lukas Brud, the general secretary of IFAB, has said that ‘clear and obvious’ should also apply to offsides.
Speaking on Monday, Brud suggested that the Premier League have been implementing IFAB’s guidance incorrectly, saying that the ‘principle’ of the technology is to correct ‘clear and obvious’ errors rather than scrutinising footage.
“Clear and obvious still remains – it’s an important principle,” Brud told the Press Association. “If you spend multiple minutes trying to identify whether it is offside or not, then it’s not clear and obvious.
“In theory one millimetre offside is offside, but if a decision is taken that a player is not offside and the VAR is trying to identify through looking at five, six, seven, 10, 12 cameras whether or not it was offside, then the original decision should stand.
“If something is not clear on the first sight, then it’s not obvious and it shouldn’t be considered. Looking at one camera angle is one thing but looking at 15, trying to find something that was potentially not even there, this was not the idea of the VAR principle. It should be clear and obvious.”