VAR IS IMPERFECT AND PERHAPS NECESSARY – BUT IT’LL ALWAYS BE FLAWED
Surely you didn’t think football would be “perfected” with the addition of VAR (video assistant referee) and that errors would be forever extinguished, did you?
My opinion on it is a very simple one – it can definitely help tournaments, especially depending on the seriousness of said tournaments, but it’ll always be inherently flawed because it is manned by the same people the technology was created to correct in the first place.
Like anything, it’s a method that needs time to adapt. Absolutely, top international competitions like the World Cup, European Championship, and Copa America should implement it as a norm. But when even during Russia 2018, football’s apex and the world’s top sporting event, the technology was erroneous (Cristian Pavon-Birkir Saevarsson/Argentina-Iceland, Steven Zuber-Miranda/Brazil-Switzerland, and others), how can we possibly expect tournaments of an eternally inferior standard to the World Cup to get it correctly?
We need to give it time, it is necessary (just try and remember how bad refereeing decisions affected the team you support, and you‘ll deem it necessary as well), but it’ll be a bumpy ride.
Lastly, it removes a certain element of romanticism from the game, but in the age of Instagram, self-driving cars, and aggressive automation, we couldn’t expect football to be untouched and not submit itself to additional technology, as you and I already have.