It was the worst weekend so far for VAR in the Premier League with a series of controversial and clearly incorrect decisions.
Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham was lucky enough to stay on the pitch after a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta’s shin in their play on Chelsea.
The same VAR official, David Coote, then missed a handball by Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, which should have resulted in a Leicester penalty in the teatime game.
Official VAR David Coote could not see Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso stamping on Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during another controversy weekend for video technology
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was left smoking after Lo Celso was not fired for the tackle
And in between, Bournemouth saw a broken goal and the game was brought back for a Burnley penalty at the other end after VAR ruled that Adam Smith had handballed.
It is becoming increasingly clear that VAR’s strict application of the laws takes away all the joy from Premier League football and fans are eliminated.
So what needs to be done about video technology? Should it stay the way it is, should the system be adjusted mid-season or should the Premier League cancel it completely?
Sportsmail asked our writers for their opinion on the topic that divides opinions throughout the country.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe reacts after seeing a goal scored by his team and Burnley awards a penalty for handball on the other side by VAR
Howe’s assistant Neil Moss was sent to the stands by Mike Dean by protesting against the decision
This is not the technology that the game thought it signed up for. To quote Gary Lineker, who is wise in this subject, VAR is “shabby and destroys the football experience.”
It has been implemented with regrettably insufficient attention to parameters and consequences. Delete it now and use the rest of this season at least to decide how to implement it properly – or not at all.
It is a scandal that the Premier League has not yet taken this action. Who do we think the Premier League is – reducing the sport we all love to a farce?
The purple screens that transmit VAR decisions have become a familiar sight in the Premier League
What would I do with VAR? First of all I would lose Mike Riley. The head of the PGMOL is the cause of the nonsense we have had this season.
He will not give his officers the responsibility to install side monitors; he has robbed field officials of their authority.
In addition, he will not come across any valid questions and the implementation of the rules has confused everyone so much that no one knows what offside is and what handball is.
How can we have a version of VAR that is different from the Champions League? How can we have VAR in one competition, but not in another?
Riley and his colleagues will tell you that VAR works the way they want it, but the arrogance of not sitting down and having a legitimate discussion to see how things can be improved probably means that things will not improve at all.
A referee is consulting a video monitor during a Champions League match this season
VAR is not the problem, it is the rules that it must enforce. Determine controversial rules such as ‘armpit outside’ and handball, and let VAR do its work.
The only thing I would change with VAR is give the last word to the referee on the field.
Have the man in Stockley Park alert the referee to potential problems so that he can watch it on a monitor and call. Ideally, fans would also watch it on a large screen at the same time.
In this way, the responsibility lies with the referee and fans feel part of the process rather than having to wait for a remote decision taken for miles.
Fans of Wolves unfold a banner protesting against video technology during a recent competition
You would hope that it would be feasible to show repetitions on large screens while they are being monitored, so that fans know exactly what is going on, possibly able to listen to conversations between Stockley Park and the referee on the field.
In fact, I would not have referees who fall back on pitchside monitors as the first port of call, because the reason for not doing so is healthy: the Premier League wants games to flow.
Target line technology works because people believe accuracy, no matter how tight. The problem with fractional disadvantages is that the final VAR decision may not be correct. Have a time limit of 30 seconds.
If you cannot decide yet, it is too close to call and not clear and straightforward. With red card violations, such as Lo Celso, you have the match referee checked.
He has a better sense of the game than an isolated figure in Stockley Park. Allow unintended handballs in the run-up to goals – only exclude them if the goal scorer has hit.
VAR would be improved by the introduction of an umpire’s call element for the smallest offside zones, and the referee should be encouraged to check the pitch-side monitor.
We must not forget that this is a spectator sport. People don’t put large amounts of money on tickets to sit staring at a big screen – with little idea why the game has stopped – while officials in Stockley Park draw lines and dots to determine if a player’s little toe is offside.
Build in a margin of error so that the original call remains, unless there is clear, immediate evidence that the referee or linesman has made a mistake.
VAR seems to be a permanent part of the Premier League game, even if many supporters and experts would like it
I would not delete VAR. People seem to forget how tiring football became when we only heard complaints that officials without technical decisions made difficult decisions.
Some proposed changes:
1) The handball rules must be adjusted to this time of slow motion, multiple repetitions
2) Referees must use the monitors more for accountability
3) Offside, football must investigate something that looks like ‘umpire’s call’. As the technology cannot be completely accurate, if the VAR cannot see quickly and clearly whether someone is offside (for example within a minute), the call will remain on the field.
Those responsible for the extreme farce that this season must undergo some kind of action.
But the firing of those involved probably does more harm than good. We are limited on our list of decent officials, we must increase the number.
Pandora’s box has been opened with VAR – we probably can’t go back now – so the best option is to try to get the best officials we can. Put the money in, get the best referees you can, and let’s hope for the best from there.
Video technology has been used with microscopic precision in offside decisions