GRAHAM POLL: VAR creates as many problems as it solves

  • Tottenham’s FA Cup thrashing of Rochdale was marred by VAR controversy
  • VAR was called into action to wrongly rule out Erik Lamela’s first half strike
  • It was correct to disallow Spurs forward Son Heung-min’s stuttered penalty

Graham Poll for the Daily Mail

When I last wrote about VAR, I asked the question: ‘What will go wrong next?’

On Wednesday night, the use of the Video Assistant Referee meant that Tottenham were given a penalty that they would not otherwise have been awarded but had a goal disallowed that should have stood.

In the sixth minute, the VAR chalked off a goal for Erik Lamela after ruling that Fernando Llorente committed a foul in the build-up.

Referee used VAR consistently throughout Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Rochdale

Referee used VAR consistently throughout Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Rochdale

Referee used VAR consistently throughout Tottenham’s FA Cup tie with Rochdale

As that foul was neither clear nor obvious, the VAR should not have got involved.

VAR was spot on in the 25th minute in overturning the decision to give Spurs a free-kick outside the box. As the contact on Kieran Trippier continued into the box, a penalty was awarded instead.

On-field referee Paul Tierney was then right to penalise Son Heung-min for stopping and re-starting his penalty run-up. Because Son scored the spot-kick, VAR had to check and confirmed Tierney’s decision.

As this game showed, the problem with VAR is that it creates as many problems as it solves… if not more.

Tierney was correct when disallowing Son Heung-min's penalty and in the awarding of it

Tierney was correct when disallowing Son Heung-min's penalty and in the awarding of it

Tierney was correct when disallowing Son Heung-min’s penalty and in the awarding of it

 The VAR was also wrong on numerous occasions and creates as many problems as it solves

 The VAR was also wrong on numerous occasions and creates as many problems as it solves

 The VAR was also wrong on numerous occasions and creates as many problems as it solves

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