VAR is simplytoo good - and thatis a bad thing
VAR - Vindictive, Authoritarian, Relentless.We didn’t really want robots running football we just wanted better refereeing.Now we’re stuck with Dalek decision-making.Yes, this is sour grapes.
Not sour because of the disallowing of Jesse Lingard’s ‘winner’ against Holland on Thursday or Callum Wilson’s against Switzerland on Sunday - though those were particularly tart vintages.
No, sour grapes because it’s just too good.
Another digital smart-arse in a world of algorithmically driven, hair-trigger, in-your-face digital smart-arses.
Goals, games, and tournaments being decided by an on-screen red line that determines whether it was the attacker’s toe or defender’s fingertip that crossed it first feels like a cold, dead hand on the living pulse of sport.
We’ll soon learn not to no longer celebrate a goal with a fleeting glance at the linesman or referee as we leap from our seats.
We’ll develop a two-tier cheering system to cope with VAR’s back-dated, disruptive tyranny.
That guttural roar of excitement as the ball hits the net will slowly be replaced by the half-cheer of a non-sporty mum or grandad who’s not sure it’s the right time to celebrate but wants to join in.
Then there’ll be a second cheer of relief to celebrate the robot-approved version of the goal.
VAR seemed like a good idea, I was all for it.
Why should the only people in the world who really NEED to know what happened - ie the referee and players - be the only ones who don’t know while the rest of the 5G globe has already watched eight replays?
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