VAR offside law to be reviewed in England after the Premier League was surrounded with decision-making controversy n game-week 1.
Finally, the video assistant referee is a part of the Premier League after much debate about its inclusion in England’s top-flight football league. However, on its debut, VAR was surrounded with several controversies.
In response, according to a report by the Times, International FA Board (IFAB) will review the VAR approach, especially for marginal offside calls. One suggestion that will be weighed up is that video officials only intervene if there is a clear error.
It is being stated that the VAR protocol will be examined over the next few months by IFAB members, and any decision will be taken during March, when the annual meeting will be held.
Till then, the current VAR rules stand in the Premier League till the month of March. VAR was questioned, while it disallowed Gabriel Jesus’ goal, as his teammate Raheem Sterling was millimetres ahead of the offside line. The Brazilian International thought he put his team 3-0 ahead, only for TV cameras to show that it was offside.
Referees’ chief Mike Riley told The Times: “There is a philosophical debate as to whether it’s clear and obvious and a technological debate and laws of the game debate.
“It will evolve over the next three or four years. If one of the ways you can help simplify the process and speed up is to tweak the law then that might be something for consideration.
“You are balancing that with the technology and what can it do. We have already gone from a 2D line on the pitch to what you have seen in the Champions League, which is the lines coming down which is more accurate, and I’ve no doubt the software companies are looking at something which is even more accurate.”
VAR has been controversial since its inception but it has enhanced the level of fair play in the game, as various reports also suggests that VAR could have effected a lot of things earlier and shall be developed for better use.
How Twitter reacted
— Richie (@RichieTrucker) August 11, 2019
VAR Says NOoooooo GOAL! Stays 2-0
Jesus Goal disallowed pic.twitter.com/62mXRN8rZw
— Godfrey Phiri (@guvnor_2) August 10, 2019
51’: Sterling scores
53’: Jesus scores
55’: VAR disallow Jesus' goal for offside
Welcome to the Premier League, VAR. pic.twitter.com/Zp3MoegsHd
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 10, 2019
So far #VAR is off to a good start in the Premier League…hopefully it stays good!
— Patrick Grochocki (@PattyG1Life) August 10, 2019