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VAR taking the fun out of football, Premier League fans tell survey

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

London, United Kingdom   /   Wed, February 5, 2020   /   11:35 am
VAR taking the fun out of football, Premier League fans tell survey Referee Harm Osmers looks to the VAR monitor during the German Cup (DFB Pokal) round of 16 football match Schalke 04 v Hertha Berlin in Gelsenkirchen, westen Germany on February 4, 2020. (AFP/Ina Fassbender)

More than two-thirds of Premier League fans believe the introduction of VAR has taken the fun out of football, according to a YouGov survey.

The technology is in use for the first time in the English top-flight this season and its implementation has been met with consistent criticism.

In contrast to other Europan leagues, referees have been advised not to use pitchside monitors to review their own decisions and are instead overruled by an official watching the game at the league's VAR hub in London.

Even though the referees are not consulting the monitors, the process has often led to long delays while decisions are reviewed. There have also been complaints about a lack of communication to fans inside the ground.

The poll found that 67 percent felt matches were less enjoyable since the introduction of VAR.

Six out of 10 of those surveyed felt the system was working badly, and its performance was scored four out of 10 on average by the sample.

However, only 15 per cent of those surveyed wanted the system to be scrapped, with 74 per cent saying it should be kept, but modified.

The most popular proposals for reforming VAR included referees using the pitchside monitors, showing fans in the stadium the incident at the same time as the VAR officials and having a time limit for decisions.