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Report: VAR’s opening weekend in the Premier League

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VAR debuted in the Premier League this weekend and here’s a look at how it settled so far…

After an easy flowing, Friday night game between Liverpool and Norwich. VAR seemed like a match made heaven with the Premiership.

FAST FORWARD ONE DAY.

And according to BBC sport, VAR has mixed reviews.

Manchester City opened the day with a 5-0 romping of West Ham. However, the goal that didn’t stand has taken most of the headlines.

Man City had possession of the ball and were playing their usual free flowing, attacking football. With the score at 1-0 City, Sterling was released behind West Ham’s backline. Squared the ball to an awaiting Gabriel Jesus, who tapped in what he thought, was his second goal of an early Premier League season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides second goal the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Man City fans cheered, West Ham fans didn’t complain and everyone was moving back towards kick-off.

DISALLOWED!

To everyone’s bemusement however, Sterling’s shoulder was offside by centimetres. Leaving fans from both sides jumping onto chants of “VAR, VAR, VAR’ anytime a decision was needed to be made.

As the game went on, the stoppages continued. Until a penalty was rightly awarded for Manchester City.

After a short wait for the decision to be confirmed, Sergio Aguero was allowed to step up.

SAVED… but, VAR steps in again!

After a poor penalty from the Argentine striker and a needed save from West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski. The penalty was needed to be retaken, after Declan Rice had encroached into the box and then evidently cleared the ball.

Aguero went on to score the re-taken penalty and the ensuing chants of “VAR, VAR, VAR” continued.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Although VAR did it’s job in this Premier League fixture and did get every decision correct, it left the fans with a sour taste in their mouths.

Jesus’ goal for example, seemed like a perfectly good goal, but didn’t count.

As with anything, it will take time for the Premiership to adjust to its new technology. One thing is for sure though, there are no longer 50/50 decisions when VAR is involved.

Feel free to leave your comments on VAR, in the comment section below.

 

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