Mohamed Salah reveals his stance on the implementation of VAR in the Premier League, and he has a negative viewpoint.
The concept of video assistant referee has never stayed away from the constant criticism ever since its inception. The newly added technology has now been introduced in the Premier League and in two gameweeks, controversies are around it once again.
Amidst all this, Mohamed Salah has given his stance on VAR, and surprisingly the Egyptian International is against it, even though reports earlier claimed that Liverpool would have won the league if VAR had been there last season.
In a recent interview with the CNN International, Mohamed Salah has mentioned that he likes football, as it is, and accepts it with its flaws, and VAR makes the game “too perfect”.
On being questioned on VAR, Salah said,”I don’t like it. But that’s my answer always.I love the football how it is. It’s okay to sometimes protect the players from dangerous play, but for me, I accept the football with the mistakes of the referee, mistakes of the player.
“That’s how the football get more excited. That’s how the people get more passionate about it.”But the VAR is too fair. Last year, I had a penalty in the final [of the] Champions League and it helped me a lot. It’s too fair. We like it with the mistakes.”
On being questioned about the future impacts of VAR in the game. Salah replied “More penalties for me! You will see that.”
The VAR technology caused rage among the Premier League fans, especially Manchester City fans, who have been victims of VAR’s correctness not once but twice.
First, when Raheem Sterling was declared offside by a shoulder distance against West Ham, which denied the Citizens a goal, although they won the game 5-0.
The other occasion was more sour for Manchester City, as Gabriel Jesus was denied a winner against Tottenham Hotspurs, after VAR spotted a handball by Aymeric Laporte and costed two points to pep Guardiola’s side.
How twitter reacted
“VAR is too fair. We like it with the mistakes.”
Footballing superstar Mohamed Salah tells @BeckyCNN VAR’s introduction will lead to him winning *more* penalties. But make no mistake, he’s no fan of the controversial new system.
— Connect the World (@CNNConnect) August 20, 2019
Mohamed Salah on the impact of VAR: "More penalties for me, you will see that.” 👀pic.twitter.com/gMYyJY3fVZ
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) August 20, 2019
Mohamed Salah Reveals His Stance on VAR & Confirms His Preferred Position pic.twitter.com/of7y0DkEWQ
— Kamil.S (@kamilsulaiman) August 21, 2019
>Many current players agreeing that VAR is shit (my word) Latest I understand is Mo Salah.
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) August 21, 2019