Wolves fans were forced to confront a familiar demon on Friday evening as VAR once again intervened to deprive them of an opening goal.
Pedro Neto was adjudged to be standing in a fractionally offside position by VAR and Willy Boly’s goal was chalked off.
The game eventually finished 0-0 on another incredibly frustrating and enthusiasm-sapping evening for the Wanderers faithful.
In the aftermath of proceedings, VAR was naturally the main talking point dominating the media coverage, and Brendan Rodgers was asked for his thoughts on the situation after his Leicester City side were the beneficiaries of technology’s intervention.
Rogers on Boly disallowed goal: We’ve seen it so many times,what was it his little toe or something? Obviously #wwfc celebrated the goal,for the manager on the other side (when it’s disallowed) it’s brilliant isn’t it?When a goal nowgoes in against you, you’ve always got a chance pic.twitter.com/ncA4VMPBhl
— Nathan Judah (@NathanJudah) February 14, 2020
It’s impossible to say for sure whether Rodgers is merely being pragmatic or genuinely believes that VAR positively adds to the drama of the occasion, but what can be said with complete certainty is that plenty of Wolves fans disagree with his assessment.
And they made their feelings clear on Twitter as they unleashed a tirade of criticism in his direction.
I wouldn’t call something that is ruining the game brilliant, what a clown
— Matt Whitten (@salopwolf) February 14, 2020
What a horrible summarising of what our game has become. No thanks, Brenda. Games gone.
— Rich Burton (@ricburts) February 14, 2020
— 🔶⚫️ Stourbridge Wolves (@troutbeckwolf) February 14, 2020
Deluded 🥴🥴 https://t.co/OleEOmMxjw
— Luca Hambleton (@HambletonLuca) February 14, 2020
One fan suggested that the Leicester boss’ comments rather sum up the modern game, while another expressed huge frustration at his refusal to publicly criticise a system which is undermining the essence of what makes the sport so captivating.
It is certainly true that there is a distinct lack of footballing figures who are vocalising their disapproval of VAR and its potential to suck the life out of the game, with managers choosing to simply react on a game by game basis and change their tune according to whether they find themselves on the right or wrong end of a decision.
Nuno is certainly an exception to that rule, but Rodgers seems to have epitomised everything that is wrong with the modern game…
Says it all really about football today
— A Richards + Zen (@ARichards1877) February 15, 2020
It really triggers me how these people who live and breathe the game can turn a blind eye when they are the beneficiary….the beautiful game slowly being eroded in front of our eyes and not a damn thing is being done about it
— Mark Ansell (@mdansell) February 14, 2020
In other news, Man United fans have all been talking about one Wolves star after Friday night’s performance…