VAR IS TARNISHING THE GAME AND HAS MADE REFEREEING EVEN POORER, 10 TIMES POORER

USE OF VAR


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The Hammers and Jamaican striker, Michail Antonio says VAR is tarnishing the game and has made
refereeing even poorer, 10 times poorer.

Mirroring onAnthony Gordon’s contentious winner for Newcastle against Arsenal on
Saturday 4th November, 2023 Antonio told The Footballer's Football Podcast: The fact there were three things they had to check, and all were doubtful.

The ball being off the pitch - to my eyes, it's off. I really don't know where VAR has
been looking at that.

Then, the free-kick. There are actually two hands in Gabriel's back. He has two hands on
the man's back.

The lone thing that could be tight is the offside. It's whether or not he is in line
with the ball when he's pushed Joelinton and it has fallen for him. It's a close
one. The other two, I can't accept as true.

The probability of that goal being given again in my life? I don't believe so. I don't believe
that goal will be given ever again, he said.

On constant disagreements about the use of VAR, Antonio added: I think that VAR has made
refereeing poorer - 10 times poorer. Now they don't want to make a verdict or think
they don't have to as it will go to VAR in any case.

How that is opposing the game is that VAR are now attempting to glue with their mate.
The referee doesn't make a decision because he wants to go to VAR and the VAR
is attaching with his mate.

I thinkthere is the same errors now as there were devoid of VAR.

If we are willing to do this, we may as well get clear of referees and fling Artificial
Intelligence in. Fling a horn on it, a beep in the stadium, let VAR control it.

Place the ball and the whistle again in the referee's hands; get clear of VAR and the
referees will be sure in their verdicts.

Each time there's a long silence in the stadium the fans are jeering. It's tarnishing the
game.