The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) showed its value in its debut in the UEFA Champions League this year, and true to form, was not without controversy. In the marquee quarterfinal clash between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, two game-changing decisions were made after intervention by VAR. Llorente’s winner for Spurs was allowed to stand following a review but Raheem Sterling’s goal, which could have sent City through, was rightfully canceled.
I have read the arguments that VAR affects the flow of the game with its repeated interruptions and that it can eliminate the human feeling of the sport by undermining the referee’s authority.
The criticism regarding VAR affecting the tempo of the game is agreeable to some extent. But the fact that VAR is addressing many of those ” we would have won if it was not for that denied penalty” or those “wrongly given offside” fans’ moments is a testament that VAR is the right direction.
Slowing the game, maybe, but getting results right is in the spirit of the sport. VAR needs constant refining and so it needs patience from us football fans.
After procrastinating it since long, I finally started with my personal blog today. Whats so special about today? Nothing much, just got some motivation from this article by Chris Lema.
There are four major reasons because of which I feel the urge to write:
To share the things I have learned during the first 6 years of my professional life @ rtCamp and the things I will learn. Most of these are experiences that somehow have become great lessons.
To share my opinions, candidly, about the happenings around the world. Indian political system and polity always fascinates me. I look forward to write about it.
To write my take on playing formations, tactics, transfers in the European football leagues. These leagues interests me most and I spend good amount of my Sundays’ time on them. I am a big fan of Liverpool FC and my posts will cover them often.
To share notes about the food that excites my taste buds :). I am a foodie and love to explore places that serve great food.
I already feel great after writing just a few paragraphs above and it seems I might be doing this often. 🙂