“In modern society, not just football, we are absolutely obsessed with perfection. Making everything perfect, every little detail. But that isn’t real life.”
Another weekend, another VAR shambles. Is this what our game is going to be like from now on?
On one hand we’ve got a handful of big clubs and power brokers trying to steal our game from us.
On the other we’ve got a ludicrous system that was never going to work, sucking the life our of the game we all love.
The quality of football in the Premier League is better than its ever been, but it is marred week after week after week.
Referees are human, they will get decisions wrong. Just like players will, just like managers will.
Pre VAR they would get something wrong, it would be debated and that was it. Move on, the next week, or the next month it would even itself out.
It would, it always has done.
Was there really that much of a problem in the modern game that we needed to bring in VAR?
Goal line technology has been brilliant, but was our game really in that much of a mess that we needed to bring in VAR.
I’ll admit no one could have foreseen the absolute shambles it has created.
But again, did we really need it?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are more decisions in football than any other sport that are subjective.
Someone’s red card is another man’s yellow. There are a handful of clear cut decisions, but the rest are in a grey area.
All we are doing is throwing doubt into the referee’s mind every single time there is a foul in the box, or when a striker looks like he has sprung the offside trap.
In a way I feel sorry for referees. They make mistakes, granted, but we are giving them a second chance to shoot themselves in the foot.
It is ruining the game. It hasn’t provided any benefit to the game, and it is sending it backwards.
In modern society, not just football, we are absolutely obsessed with perfection. Making everything perfect, every little detail.
But that isn’t real life. Nothing is perfect. So let’s wake up and realise there was nothing wrong with the game in the first place.