Following on from a building frustration towards referees, the governing body of football attempted to make things easier for angered fans by introducing Video Assistant Referees, taking human error out of the equation and putting faith into technology.
The football community opens the door to endless views and it’s fuelled primarily by passion – something that FootyAccumulators are fully aware of – which has led them to question their followers on VAR, to which some truly revealing results were found. They also provide their own football tips and recommended bets, which are worth a look for both the novice to football betting and even the more experienced punter.
Is VAR good or bad?
Opening up the floor in the most basic of terms, we questioned whether or not it was going to be beneficial to the entire sport of football, regardless of how it would be utilised.
Asking the gambling community would hone in on the reasoning from a sporting point of view as well as the disgruntled response that could only originate from someone whose own betting tip fell short after VAR stopped the game for too long while the referee checked the replay, preventing the one goal that would have changed it all and landed a hefty six-fold accumulator.
The written responses from followers showed a split in those who thought it was something that needed to come into action just so we see a more accurate decision, and those who weren’t in love with it after seeing it falter in the first few attempts, namely in the poorly demonstrated graph that was presented after Juan Mata’s goal against Huddersfield was controversially rescinded.
In an attempt to remain as unbiased as possible, we were anticipating a potentially close call, but the 8,433 of 11,713 who voted no to VAR certainly said otherwise:
This means that a whopping 3,279 voters admitted that they loved the introduction of VAR but, compared to the 72% who said otherwise, it’s difficult to back up the supposed technological advancement being supported by all too many football fans.
What’s our problem with VAR?
We’ve already had to suffer through some truly disturbing moments as the Video Assistant Referee has become steadily introduced into football. Fortunately, it’s yet to find an opening in the Premier League, but that hasn’t stopped it from ruining some of our domestic cup fixtures, especially with it disrupting a large number of once-promising bets. Whether it’s down to ‘VAR ruined my team’s chances of winning’ or ‘VAR absolutely destroyed my bet’, the football community has its viable reasons for being unhappy with it, but finding out exactly what that was would be an interesting find:
When asking how VAR should be used, if at all, we came about something of a conundrum. Despite previously seeing 72% of followers going against VAR, when given the option to choose whether VAR shouldn’t be used at all, over half of the voters decided that it’d be best used for penalties and offside decisions.
34% still chose that not using VAR at all would be preferable, but it says a lot about its potential that a larger number of voters saw it as being a worthwhile inclusion if used correctly.
Something that’s likely to be reflected in how plenty of punters’ bets were lost through the questionable goal decisions in West Bromwich Albion’s FA Cup win over Liverpool and a controversial first half in Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup replay with Rochdale, the use of VAR isn’t even encouraged to continue in domestic cups:
Before releasing this third poll, it was half expected that a majority of football fans would be happy to see VAR continuing its seldom appearances in domestic cups, even if league games were completely out of bounds. It appears that the 2,326 who said no to VAR at any possible opportunity had seen enough after some frustrating uses of it in recent FA Cup trial runs.
Is the World Cup over before it’s started?
For many of the more weathered England fans, the answer will always be yes. For the average person partial to a football bet, the answer remains a firm yes.
In terms of the technology that’s already been confirmed for use in Russia, though, it could prove to be the be all and end all in this summer’s World Cup. The immediate response gauged was what we’d expected from football fans but the fact it was by such a hefty margin was surely enough to catch us a bit off-guard:
Whether it’s down to how it would affect future bets or if it was merely due to a slowing of the usually high-paced excitement of football matches, it was clearly enough to produce 70% of people seeing it as being a reason to be unhappy.
Nostalgia from Frank Lampard’s ghost-goal could save the day
It’s plain to see how many football fans get involved in the World Cup based on England’s chances alone, and that even spreads to those who aren’t usually interested in the sport but want to put forward their patriotism in the tiny chance that we end up making it to the later stages.
Disappointment regularly spreads through the England international setup right back through the years, some might even say generations, but one of the key moments that’s stuck with us over past tournaments was Frank Lampard’s goal against Germany back in the 2010 World Cup, which didn’t stand despite crossing the line.
At the time, we saw a lot of bets ruined and most of the country’s top newspapers urging for the technology that would prevent these sorts of travesties from happening again in the future; now we’ve got that technology, and nobody likes it.
There’s plenty of examples of VAR letting us down already but think back to that goal which would have put England ahead of Germany. It not counting led to a 4-1 defeat, changing what could have been a historic victory over an old foe, and one of the best chances at a World Cup that we’ve had for some time.
It’s not to say we’re getting anywhere near a point of excitement around the now dreaded Video Assistant Referee, but it’s what we always wanted, especially since that fateful moment where Manuel Neuer scooped up the ball and looked oblivious to the linesman. Anger towards it is to be expected, and we’ve certainly not had the best start to life under the rule of VAR, but all we can do is hope that it’s mere teething problems down a long road of certain accuracy in future competitions.