Retro words like Ethical and Philosophy dont even appear in the vocabulary of most of the luddites on hereWhat other sports SteveO? Tedium Homoball? This obsession with looking to utter shit like rugby for solutions to football's ills is ludicrous mate.Number 1 would be a sad day for the sport and show the FA up to be the Luddites they are - technology that has worked perfectly well in other sports for years, and sadly football (the richest sport of all) is unable to operate it effectivelyLots of talk about the PL "reviewing" how VAR is used. For me there are only two options:
1. Scrap the whole shit idea. (My personal choice).
2. Limit it's use to one (maybe two max) requests per manager per half. This would be workable and reduce the negative impact on the game. Let each manager have one opportunity per half to request a VAR review of an incident. They ask the fourth official to signal the ref and the ref goes to VAR. If they only have one opportunity per half they will only use it for the serious shit like goals pennos and red cards.
Suggestion number 2 however is the most obvious one of the lot and one I have been advocating from the start - in tennis the players know they have 1 or 2 referrals, same in cricket and they know to use them sparingly and only for occasions where they think there has been genuine wrongdoing. At the moment they just surround the ref for every potential handball, trip, shirt pull etc and it is a farce. Each team gets one referral each per half. The manager notifies the 4th official that he wants to review the incident - they ask the video ref - he confirms the decision or otherwise and the referral is won or lost. Now.....that of course would be just too easy for football to implement wouldn't it
The FA never wanted VAR anyway and neither did UEFA, so its plain and obvious to me that there is deliberate sabotage so that enough fans confuse a good idea badly executed, with a bad idea. Sadly I think its working
Perhaps we should go back to using a pig's bladder tied up with shoelaces and replace the crossbar with tape too........honestly, only in football
You simply cannot compare the two. Stuff that works in a game built around slow movement and stoppages in flow every few seconds does not work in a game based on pace and (almost) continuous play. Because of the very nature of football many many incidents are open to interpretation and no matter who makes the decision, be it referee or statto virgin in a VAR studio, it's still in most scenarios going to be their interpretation.
Whereas before it was frustrating when refs got it wrong we now have added stoppages and delays and still the VAR reviewer often gets it wrong. So no improvement just negatives. Worst of all it has all but killed the enjoyment of a goal being scored, killed that explosive instant release of celebration and joy. Now we wait for 2 to 4 minutes while some incompetent inexperienced fuckwit gets it wrong anyway!
Just because we have the technology to do something does not mean we should do it.
Oooh, there's an open doorway to some huge questions of ethical philosophy.....I’m just not sure this forum is quite ready for them !
I always think of the line from Jurassic Park 'while your scientist were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should' definitely a topic for the basement some day Ethical Philosophy.
Anyway back to VAR, I wonder if we'd be so anti it if it had been around for Granny Shaggers dive back in the day if the correct decision had been given.
I feel that the fuckers are trying to scupper VAR because it takes power away from the Hollywood Refs and makes them less important however VAR as it's used and interpreted currently is a complete sham and we're better off without it. VAR should have been introduced in some backwards league 2 in some smaller country and the problems ironed out there before bringing it to the highest leagues in the world where it was always going to be over scrutinized and cause huge controversy, but FIFA is more than aware of the entertainment industry and money available and that's what this is about.