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VAR was finally used for the first time in a professional English game this week. I think we've had general technology discussions on here before, but what are everyone's thoughts on it now that there seems to be a preferred method/technology being used? I think this article on the BBC is a good outline of how it will work for anyone unsure. Personally I'm all for it. I've said for a while that technology needs to be used more in football to catch it up with other major sports. Goal line technology was the first obvious step to make and this seems like a fairly sensible second step. I recognise that there are drawbacks but I think the overall benefit will be huge. I'm unsure as to whether this is the right technology to be used, but it sounds like a fairly sensible way of doing it, especially by limiting it to "game changing incidents" which will make sure every single decision isn't being referred to the VAR. The proof will be in the pudding. I'm sure there will be some confusion at first until the method is bedded in, just remember back to Jonathan Pearce's inability to comprehend the goalline technology at the world cup.
Very clear now on the Sky coverage of the Newcastle game that the Watkins goal wasn’t checked for offside by VAR because of Schar’s touch. Now of course it seems like Watkins was probably onside anyway because he was slightly behind the ball, but the point is that should have been checked. We would expect it to be checked if it had happened to us. Are we really rewriting the offside law now so that Watkins isn’t interfering with play there? Schar is literally trying to intercept a pass to... Watkins. This is blatant attempt by PGMOL to close ranks on their bizarre interpretation of the rules in the City game. But clearly now this is just going to become “the rules”. What a load of **** nonsense. (EDIT: A lot of people saying every goal is checked by VAR. The point is they didn't get their laser lines out to check Watkins' position (we'd know if they did), which is what would normally happen if there was *any* hint of offside. And the reason they didn't do that, according to Sky - who will have got their info from the VAR team - is that Schar got a touch on the ball.)