Why VAR, the joy killer, is NOT fit for purpose after the chaos of the Merseyside derby … there was NO obvious mistake to Jordan Pickford’s horror challenge and even the cameras used to make decisions are no good enough!
- The fantastic draw for the Merseyside derby was marred by massive interventions from VAR
- The controversial technology struck twice and Liverpool got angry full-time
- Jordan Pickford was fortunate to avoid a red card after Virgil van Dijk slammed
- And Jordan Henderson’s winner was ruled out for the tightest offside call
A thrilling Merseyside derby was spoiled by two major interventions from VAR.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford inexplicably avoided a red card after a horror challenge on Virgil van Dijk before Jordan Henderson was denied an injury-time winner – ruled out for a marginal offside, despite Sadio Mane appearing to be on a par with the latter defender.
Here, Sportsmail looks at both decisions and discovers why VAR is simply not fit for purpose.
Saturday’s thrilling Merseyside derby was spoiled by two massive VAR interventions
Jordan Henderson saw a late attack ruled out due to the tightest offside calls in Goodison Park
Incident 1: 6 minutes
Jordan Pickford wipes out Virgil van Dijk with a shocking challenge, but leaves scot-free, while the Liverpool defender suffers a serious injury.
It’s a bad challenge from Pickford. Van Dijk is just offside in the build-up, so it can’t be a penalty, but it could have been a red card, even though the ball was out of play when the incident occurred.
If he had seen red I wouldn’t have been surprised, but the facts are that VAR, David Coote, will have checked whether Referee Michael Oliver had made a clear and obvious mistake and decided he hadn’t. And that is crucial.
VAR clearly agreed that the challenge was more reckless than serious foul play or violent behavior, and that would be more of a yellow card than a red penalty. So since the VAR can only deal with red cards, not yellow, he wouldn’t have advised Oliver to go to the judgment area.
Jordan Pickford could have been sent off in the first half for a horror tackle on Virgil van Dijk
Incident 2:92 minutes
Henderson thinks he won the match for Liverpool only because Mane is judged by a fraction of offside after a long VAR assessment.
‘It is getting more and more difficult to tackle. I enter the locker room, people are standing there with a laptop, we look back at the situation and we don’t understand why this was offside.
‘Look, I am a real supporter of VAR, but what you expect from offside is the right decision. The picture I saw, there is no armpit, there is nothing. Just not offside. I’ve had 10 interviews and everyone tells me it wasn’t offside. ‘
Jordan Henderson says VAR is “ bending the lines slightly to get offside ” after the call to Mane
We told you that!
Liverpool’s winning goal was disallowed for its most marginal offside against Sadio Mane – but the VAR still couldn’t have known for sure.
Sportsmail revealed last August that the frame rate of the broadcast cameras used by VAR, which run at 50 frames per second, is not good enough to make such marginal decisions.
The VAR must take the frame that proves that the ball has finally hit, but the exact moment of contact, from which to decide offside, is often somewhere in between the two.
Players can move up to 20cm between frames when running at full speed. Mane moved much more slowly, but since he and the defender were both in motion when Thiago went to play the ball, there is no way VAR can be sure that the frame used to judge the offside is the players’ actual position at the point where the ball was. played.
Last year, Sportsmail revealed that the frame rate of the cameras used by VAR is not good enough