It always sounded like a bit of an excuse from fans of clubs that really weren’t good enough as a way of making them feel better about themselves, rather than the fact that other teams have better players, managers and thus never really stood a chance to win.
However, after this weekend, there might be something to it.
VAR has been controversial since it’s been introduced to the Premier League and not a week goes by without it getting a mention at some stage. There was perhaps no better example of that controversy than over this previous weekend.
First Sheffield United had a goal ruled out despite David McGoldrick being, what can only be described as ‘marginally’ offside, whilst Liverpool had a goal allowed to stand despite Trent Alexander-Arnold handling the ball in the box and Mo Salah scoring from a similar scenario to the Blades’.
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Needless to say, those two incidents got a lot of Sheffield United fans talking about the pros and cons, or rather just the cons, of VAR when the latter happened.
Wow. One was scored directly from the cross. The other was scored 25 seconds later after the initial cross had been cleared……..guess which one was ruled out….#var #sufc #lfc #mcfc I despair. #twitterblades pic.twitter.com/8UL8fY5kDP
— Craig Mcguiness (@craig99mac) November 10, 2019
— Pamela Johnson 🇪🇺🇬🇧🏴 (@pfrodo) November 10, 2019
— Aaron Outram (@azzle94) November 10, 2019
Didn’t know var only applied to certain teams I’m so naive #sufc
— Shoreham Beak (@ShorehamBeak) November 10, 2019
— Daniel Clayton (@Danny_Clayton) November 10, 2019
📺 The way VAR has been used today is entirely different to how it was applied yesterday. It cannot go on like this, ruining everything we love about the game slowly but surely. #sufc #twitterblades #UTB
— SUFC Memories (@SUFC_memories) November 10, 2019
Maybe there is a ‘big club bias’ after all.