Premier League fans losing £2.7MILLION per season because of VAR – but how has your club been affected?

12 May

VAR is costing Premier League fans across the country more than £2.7MILLION over a season, according to latest figures. A study by Compare.bet using data provided by Opta has determined the use of a video referee cuts already slim playing times in the Premier League down by almost 90 seconds. Premier League games with goals […]

Mikel Arteta says he ‘loves VAR’ as Arsenal benefit from review on offside decision to beat West Ham

8 Mar

Mikel Arteta was very grateful for VAR as the new technology played a huge role in helping Arsenal beating West Ham on Saturday. The Gunners won 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Alexandre Lacazette but the goal was not initially given. Mesut Ozil, who headed the ball into the striker’s path was ruled offside […]

VAR: Referee David Coote OMITTED from this weekend’s Premier League fixtures after mistake in Chelsea vs Tottenham

25 Feb

Referee David Coote will not officiate in the Premier League this weekend following his VAR mistake during Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham. PGMOL officials admitted Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso should’ve been sent off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday following a shocking tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta. However, despite Coote’s lengthy check, the Argentine was allowed to […]

Human errors in VAR decisions ‘shouldn’t be happening’, says former Premier League referee Mark Halsey

23 Feb

Mark Halsey says VAR should not be making the errors it has been making after another weekend of it dominating the headlines. The technology has caused controversy all season, but it is mistakes by the referees making the decisions that have been prominent in recent weeks. There was even an admission from Stockley Park that […]

Man City get the better of Leicester in thriller as Sergio Aguero has penalty saved and VAR causes controversy

22 Feb

There was yet more VAR controversy on Saturday as Manchester City grabbed a 1-0 win against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. The visitors were perhaps fortunate to not have a penalty given against them in the first half with Kevin De Bruyne blocking James Maddison’s free-kick with his hand. And then Man City were […]

Frank Lampard says Giovanni Lo Celso incident a ‘bad advert’ for VAR and PGMOL statement is ‘not good enough’

22 Feb

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he wants VAR to work but believes the failure to send Tottenham man Giovanni Lo Celso off at Stamford Bridge further questions about the new system. Lo Celso was very fortunate to escape a red card for a stamp on Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta during Chelsea’s London derby victory over […]

Premier League clubs come up with solution to VAR’s ‘armpit offside’ with plans to ‘introduce thicker lines’ to combat controversy

8 Feb

Premier League clubs reportedly want to give attackers extra leeway for offsides to stop the controversial marginal VAR decisions. There has been frustration from clubs and fans alike over goals ruled out by mere millimetres by the technology. Since it was introduced this season, 25 goals have been ruled out by VAR offside calls while […]

Why VAR didn’t order retake of Man City penalty with Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson clearly off his line for Gabriel Jesus save

21 Jan

Dean Henderson pulled off a spectacular save to deny Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus from the penalty spot on Tuesday night – but should it have been retaken? Replays showed the Sheffield United goalkeeper was clearly several yards off his line when Jesus struck the ball. The rules state goalkeepers must have part of one foot […]

Declan Rice lays into VAR in furious rant after controversially disallowed equaliser against Sheffield Untied: ‘Football shouldn’t be like that’

11 Jan

An emotional Declan Rice ripped into VAR after West Ham had a late equaliser controversially ruled out during their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United. Robert Snodgrass thought he earned a valuable point for the Hammers in injury time before VAR spotted a handball from Rice in the build-up. There was little Rice could do to […]

Liverpool’s lead cut to six points, Tottenham drop to 12th – How the Premier League table might have looked without VAR

31 Dec

It seems not a week goes by without VAR providing the main source of controversy in the Premier League. From the very first set of fixtures way back in August, the sight of blue and red lines overlapping on screen draws groans across the globe. The promise was for ‘minimum interference and maximum benefit’. But […]

How many VAR decisions have gone against each Premier League club – should Wolves and Sheffield United feel aggrieved?

30 Dec

VAR stole the headlines yet again over the weekend with some of the most marginal offside decisions we have seen in the Premier League so far. The debate rages on about the technology’s influence over our domestic game, with numerous top-flight matches decided by the position of a toe or an armpit. VAR in the […]

Premier League should NOT be using VAR for marginal offside calls, suggests football lawmakers IFAB

30 Dec

VAR should only be used to reverse ‘clear and obvious’ mistakes for offside decisions, according to football lawmakers IFAB. The general secretary of the International Football Association Board, Lukas Brud, insists the technology should only be called upon to reverse “clear and obvious” mistakes. VAR again sparked fury in the Premier League over the weekend […]

VAR steals the show, Fallon Sherrock gets knocked out, and England run out of miracles: Six things we didn’t like in the world of sport over the weekend

29 Dec

Maybe it’s because the Christmas hangover has kicked in, or maybe it’s because we all have to go back to work, but quite a lot of things really ground our gears this weekend. It started with the nation’s newest sweetheart Fallon Sherrock getting dumped out of the PDC Darts Championship and ended with a predictable […]

Is it really LiVARpool? How the Premier League table would look without VAR ahead of gameweek 14

29 Nov

Will there be more VAR controversy in the Premier League this weekend? Last weekend, Liverpool maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table thanks to a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace, but things could’ve been different if VAR didn’t cancel out an opening goal for the hosts. James Tomkins thought he had given […]

VAR has already INCORRECTLY overturned four key decisions on-field referees got right, referees chief Mike Riley reveals

23 Nov

Mike Riley has revealed that Premier League VAR officials have already incorrectly overruled four key decisions in the 2019/20 campaign. The new technology has come under increased scrutiny since being introduced in the English top-flight this season, with many calls for it be reviewed or even scrapped altogether. The referees chief has pleaded with fans […]

England legend Sir Geoff Hurst jokes VAR would have ‘been indecisive like it is today’ in 1966 World Cup final at Wembley

14 Nov

Sir Geoff Hurst has joked VAR would have been unable to determine if his second goal in the 1966 World Cup final should have stood. The former England striker scored a memorable hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win over West Germany to secure what remains to be the Three Lions’ only World Cup triumph. However, […]

Chris Wilder says Sheffield United ‘have to accept’ VAR as Blades are denied goal at Tottenham with marginal offside call

9 Nov

Chris Wilder refused to get sucked into the debate about VAR even though his Sheffield United side were on the wrong end of an incredibly tight decision at Tottenham. The Blades thought they had levelled the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when David McGoldrick got on the end of a low cross from the […]

Adrian Durham calls for VAR to be scrapped following ‘garbage’ decision at Tottenham vs Sheffield United: ‘It’s destroying football’

9 Nov

VAR has become a huge talking point once again in the Premier League this weekend. It was at the Tottenham vs Sheffield United match where the new system stole the headlines with the Blades being disallowed a goal by the most marginal offside call. David McGoldrick thought he’d levelled the game up after Heung-min Son […]

Jurgen Klopp press conference: Liverpool boss responds to Pep Guardiola’s claims about ‘diver’ Sadio Mane and also talks VAR

4 Nov

Jurgen Klopp insists Sadio Mane ‘is not a diver’ following comments made about the Liverpool forward by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Mane scored the decisive goal in the Reds’ dramatic turnaround win at Aston Villa last weekend but was booked for simulation in the first half. Guardiola then made the claims about Mane when […]

VAR: Tony Cascarino reveals he couldn’t even watch Watford vs Chelsea after ‘extraordinary’ penalty decision

3 Nov

Tony Cascarino was left so fed up by VAR during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Watford that he couldn’t watch any longer. The Blues were forced to survive a late fightback at Vicarage Road when the hosts were awarded a contentious penalty for a foul by Jorginho on Gerard Deulofeu. After a lengthy VAR review, Watford […]

VAR causes controversy by awarding Aston Villa goal but not allowing Liverpool star Roberto Firmino’s strike

2 Nov

Ever since VAR was brought into the Premier League at the start of the season, it has become the centre of attention in at least one match every weekend. And it’s at Villa Park where it’s grabbing the all the headlines as Aston Villa entertain leaders Liverpool. After less than 30 minutes played, the ball […]

Referees set to use pitch-side monitors for VAR decisions as John Motson calls for Stockley Park to be ‘shut down’

29 Oct

Referees may start to use pitch-side monitors during VAR calls as reports claim Premier League chairmen are considering radical changes to the current system. The weekend’s action was once again dominated by a series of controversially overruled decisions and the system has been the subject of widespread criticism. There have been 26 decisions changed via […]

Man City boss Pep Guardiola hits out at talkSPORT reporter when asked about VAR controversy against Aston Villa

26 Oct

Pep Guardiola says he’s ‘tired’ of having to talk about VAR following Manchester City’s win over Aston Villa on Saturday. The Citizens reduced Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to just three points after running out 3-0 victors at the Etihad Stadium. Raheem Sterling’s strike in the first minute of the second […]

Manchester United pegged back by Adam Lallana’s late strike as Liverpool secure a precious point at Old Trafford

20 Oct

Adam Lallana scored his first Liverpool goal for 18 months to secure a vital point for Liverpool against bitter rivals at Manchester United. Marcus Rashford’s controversial strike in the first half seemed destined to be the winner, but Lallana came off the bench to strike with just five minutes of normal time remaining. The Red […]