In research conducted by BonusCodeBets, it has been found that Manchester City fans are the most annoyed with VAR this season.
Given some of the decisions that have gone Liverpool’s way this term in regards to the title race, it’s hardly surprising.
The Reds have gained a significant advantage, namely when Crystal Palace had a goal disallowed for a supposed push on Dejan Lovren recently.
Meanwhile, VAR failed to overturn a handball from Trent Alexander-Arnold inside the penalty area when Pep Guardiola’s men lost at Anfield earlier this month.
Consequently, Liverpool are second, only behind Brighton in terms of fan satisfaction towards VAR.
BonusCodeBets surveyed a pool of 1,281 fans with data being collected by the 27th November 2019.
A damning 12% of City fans think it’s had a positive impact on their campaign and a further 73% of supporters are keen to see it scrapped entirely.
There has been an ongoing debate as to what should happen with VAR. Ex-referees have confirmed that decisions were wrong while Aston Villa and Everton even headed up a meeting with the Premier League over the standard of the technology and the way it was being used.
Surprisingly, however, 60% of Villa fans are keen to see VAR remain. That’s despite an incident earlier this season when Henri Lansbury’s goal wasn’t given against Crystal Palace. 80% of Villans asked by those conducting the research suggest it’s had a negative impact on their campaign.
Bournemouth, West Ham and Burnley fans are among the keenest to see the technology scrapped but the likes of Chelsea and Norwich seem pretty happy for it to remain.
Philip Trampe of BonusCodeBets recently said: “We’re looking to put fans first and find out what they really think about VAR. By asking fans of each club their views, we can conclude VAR isn’t having the best impact on the Premier League and fans enjoyment. Football fans are the most important part of any club, and it might not be the best decision for the Premier League to ignore their opinions.”
BonusCodeBets will be hosting a one-off VAR-dict Panel Event at Morton’s on Tuesday 3rd December. Former football stars Chris Sutton and Paul Parker, along with ex-referee Keith Hackett will discuss whether VAR is here to stay or needs the boot.