The introduction of VAR in the 2019/20 campaign has brought with it a series of controversies, and one club’s fanbase who feel they have been at the centre of a number of unfortunate decisions are Dean Smith’s Aston Villa.
The newly-promoted side were unfortunate to have a goal disallowed at Crystal Palace earlier in the season after Jack Grealish was deemed to have dived by Kevin Friend – something that was not directly influenced by VAR but where intervention could have assisted.
Conor Hourihane, meanwhile, also had a goal chalked off against Brighton in the club’s 2-1 victory.
But the latest news – as reported by The Telegraph – that Premier League clubs will meet to discuss whether managers could appeal decisions mid-game has caught the attention of a number of Villa fans.
Premier League clubs will discuss whether managers should be allowed to appeal a refereeing decision during a game. [telegraph] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) November 4, 2019
Although it could have benefitted their current season, many were quick to dismiss the suggestion pointing to a need for the system to improve prior to further changes, whilst others simply said VAR needs to go.
Here are some of the best reactions following the reports of a potential meeting between Premier League clubs.
No, just get rid of it all together and focus on improving refereeing standards.
— Ryan Delaney (@delaneyr23) November 4, 2019
Just give up on VAR or test it in the championship
— Hanoi (@K_ribensis) November 5, 2019
This will make a farce of a system even more of a farce!!
— Brendan Keenan (@roys_boys) November 5, 2019
It’s getting worse
— Scott James Cooper (@ScottieCoops) November 5, 2019
That won’t work either if they’re not willing for refs to have a pitch side monitor for VAR which seems the obvious solution just scrap it. Can u imagine Klopp, Pep they would dispute everything it’s already boring with those 2 moaning about it in press conferences
— andy (@andy59967602) November 5, 2019
More delay, more controversy. Just what we need. Get rid of VAR, get rid of the new rules. Sure it’s not perfect but it’s the football we know and love.
— SD (@sd_1874) November 4, 2019