By: Drew Haggerty
We are only four days into the 2018 FIFA World Cup and I am already sick of the Video Assistant Referee. The use of VAR has completely changed the World Cup forever, and unfortunately, in a negative way. Saturday’s matchup between France and Australia offered the world a glance of how VAR would be utilized in this year’s tournament. In the second half of the match, Antoine Griezmann fell in the box with neither the fans watching nor the head referee knowing whether a penalty kick should be given. And in this World Cup, what happens when a referee is unsure of a call?
They turn to VAR. After WATCHING A SCREEN, Antoine Griezmann was awarded the penalty, and France would go onto win 2-1. My problem with VAR, and the offsides, fouls, and goal confirmations it determines, is that it takes away from the integrity of the game. The use of technology should not give either team an upper hand on the other, and in yesterday’s game, technology favored France. VAR is a safety net for referees who are unsure of a call in real time. If a referee misses a foul or an offside, then so be it. That is part of the game. If FIFA feels the need to use VAR, then get rid of referees as a whole. Video referees would get every call right. But nobody wants that. It’s not part of the game. That’s not soccer.
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