JAMIE REDKNAPP: After the worst day so far in the Premier League for VAR, it’s a joke … plus find out who makes my team for the weekend
- VAR decisions often appeared in Premier League games this weekend
- Giovani Lo Celso should have seen red against Chelsea, but stayed on the field
- Chelsea, Man City, Leicester and Bournemouth were affected, among other things
- Jamie Redknapp acknowledges his condolences to the officials who make the most important decisions
- The subjective nature of VAR calls means that fans and the Premier League lose
I wonder, if we do a poll, how many supporters would want to keep VAR in the Premier League and how many would say they would abolish it? I know how I would vote.
Saturday was possibly the worst day of the system since the introduction.
We look at VAR as if it were the oracle, but in reality it is one man who sits behind a bench with screens in Stockley Park and gives his opinion. It is not obvious – it is subjective and occasionally he gets it wrong.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard and his team were in arms above a VAR check against Spurs
What we all recognized as a red card attack by Giovani Lo Celso from Tottenham against Chelsea, David Coote thought differently.
I don’t want to hammer Coote too hard here – he just had a bad day at the office and it was hardly his fault that he had to do a double service.
After the controversy of that Chelsea-Spurs game (in which the body of referees PGMOL admitted that Coote made a mistake before the final whistle was even blown), he had to act as VAR for Leicester-Manchester City.
In that game, he missed a handball from City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, which should have resulted in a penalty for the hosts at the King Power Stadium. Then City got its own spot kick for something similar.
Eddie Howe was a desperate observer when technology and judges denied Bournemouth
Elsewhere, Bournemouth saw a perfectly good goal excluded for handball in Burnley, although it hit Philip Billing on the shoulder.
The only thing missing on Saturday was an offside armpit and we could have screamed, “Bingo!”
I visited Stockley Park at the start of the season and was shown how it all works. After trying the system for myself, I have a certain sympathy for the officials.
Imagine that he is in Coote’s shoes when he has less than 30 seconds to make a key decision.
He is rewind and play, rewind and play, rewind and play, desperately trying to make sure he has analyzed every corner. We also do that in the Sky Sports studio.
It can be easy to overlook something. The pressure on Coote and Co must be enormous.
But the game currently feels in a bad place. Friends of mine tell me that they are switching off and that this should sound alarm bells in the Premier League headquarters.
VAR checks are a familiar and controversial face in Premier League games this period
Football is about fans in the first place. We can’t have them feeling frustrated or lost forever, or as if they can’t celebrate a goal, because a guy in a bunker at Heathrow airport could get rid of it.
In total, 44 originally accepted goals were subsequently rejected by VAR this season.
You get the odd moment when it comes to the rescue and we say, “That’s what it was brought to.” But unfortunately the bad decisions outweigh the good ones.
Target line technology was perhaps the greatest innovation introduced in the modern game. The ball is over the line or not – there is no room for interpretation.
We all wanted to give VAR a chance, but can we now say that the Premier League is better off? Absolutely not. Subjective, incorrect calls are still being made from afar.
Giovani Lo Celso should have turned red for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta but stayed on the field
It is not easy to follow in the footsteps of your old man. In fact, it puts more pressure on you because people prejudice you.
“Oh, he’s the son of that-and-that …” I turned it into professional football, just like Frank Lampard, Jordi Cruyff and Paul Dalglish.
The son of Jamie Carragher is a good player at Wigan and my son is at the academy in Chelsea.
Now we see Erling Braut Haaland, the son of Alf-Inge, ripping in Germany at the age of 19. Eight games for Borussia Dortmund, 12 goals.
Although Manchester United was connected, I believe Haaland took the right decision to cut his teeth in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund is a great place to follow a soccer education. That future Premier League move can wait!