eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 28, 2018, 17:05:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 28, 2018, 13:56:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 28, 2018, 13:35:Dude, you need to lower your expectations. I watched a dozen matches and only once did I see a delay which I thought was unreasonable. All the others were nice and quick. You want to see some long delays due to video replay? Try watching some NBA or NFL games. As for the results, from the matches I saw it seemed to work pretty well. There were one or two "it could be called either way" things, but that's always going to be happening -- video reviews or not.
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 28, 2018, 06:42:
I'm routing for good matches with solid refereeing.
Good luck finding those Video proof didn't really add all that much fairness to the refereeing which surprised no one that watched recent Bundesliga matches They need to figure out a way for this to not be so time consuming and intrusive... or give the job to an AI.
I just think video proof should be used equally, not vary per referee, that makes it unfair to other teams who may have a less picky referee. As we have seen in a few matches already that were decided by a single penalty goal given after video proof.
I think VAR has helped make matches fairer. There have still been questionable decisions but there have been some important corrections.
The delays haven't been a problem for me but there are plenty of kinks that need sorted out. Better communication, particularly to the crowd in the stadium (no first-hand experience but I hear it's poor), would help. There was penalty decision not given against England in their first match which caused a stink - the reason was probably because an England player was committing a foul at the same time but we can only speculate.
One match (don't remember which, I think Peru was playing) had a referee who seemed to be overwhelmed and he became over-reliant on VAR. I've seen this during trials in English football, a weak referee losses their confidence and uses VAR as a crutch. This is when the delays become a problem to me.
I like VAR, on the whole. I'd rather my team was embarrassingly beaten by a much smaller team than the frustration of losing to a refereeing error. I thought this world cup was too early but it's gone pretty well and should get better when top referees use it regularly. It needs work and it will never be perfect, but I think it's an improvement.