Welcome to this weeks edition of Talking Points. After a successful start last week in which there was universal agreement that FA Cup Replays should not be scrapped, this week we discuss the hottest issue in football, VAR.
Football has long been blighted with contentious decisions. From England's 'Kit Kat' goal against Germany in the 1966 World Cup Final to Frank Lampard's Ghost goal when the two sides met during the 2010 World Cup, people have always called for a better way to decide issues like this. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is now being rolled out across the world with last summer's FIFA World Cup, the Bundesliga and the last two editions of the FA Cup being some of the first competitions to make use of this new technology.
Next season it'll be rolled out in the Premier League but despite it's many benefits, some fans are not pleased with this news. Some fans site the long delays between an incident happening and the decision being mad. This was best shown by last season's Bundesliga incident where both teams were already in the dressing rooms for half time when the referee was made aware a penalty should have been awarded with the last play of the half. Some fans complain about the exclusivity of it's use, shown in the FA Cup where it is only used at Premier League grounds. Everton were knocked out of the FA Cup by Milwall last week but had the match been at Goodison Park instead of The Den, VAR would likely have kept them in the competition.
Whilst it looks almost certain that VAR will be implemented there are lots of debates about how it should be implemented. Suggestions range from only for goals to all refereeing decisions. Others have suggested giving managers a limited number of challenges (similar to Tennis or the NFL) which they can use during the match.
What about you? Do you love VAR or loathe it? How do you think it should be implemented? Debate your views on VAR below in this edition of Talking Points.