Stop Bitching About VAR, Start Bitching About The Offside Law

I’ve just finished watching Brighton’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth and it’s about time I threw my two cents in on the whole VAR debate.

VAR is great. It works just fine in places like the Bundesliga and Major League Soccer so I don’t really understand the stick it gets here.

For me, the real issue is the present offside law.

I’ve just witnessed Dan Burn cruelly denied a wonderful first goal for Brighton. His touch to bring it out of the air behind him and into a position where he could just stroke it home was sublime. Had it stood, it surely would have been a contender for goal of the month on Match of the Day.

But no. Because several phases of play beforehand, the tip of Dan’s elbow was in an offside position.

I mean, really? What the f*ck?

Back in the good old days there used to have to be “daylight” between the attacker and defender for it to be considered offside.

Nowadays, the shadow from the hair off your arse seems to be all that is required.

It’s an absolute joke.

Yet people are blaming VAR for it.

It’s not VAR’s fault that they have to enforce stupid rules cast down from on high.

Yes, decisions are taking too long but if you’ve been told you have to work with millimetres then you’re going to take your time.

The issue is that the offside rule is bullsh*t.

It’s the rule that stiffles play and results in perfectly wonderful goals being ruled out.

Later, in the same game, Brighton’s Glenn Murray found himself one on one with Ramsdale in the Bournemouth goal and, despite the angle, forced a decent save and won the corner.

Now, the replay showed that Murray was a good yard offside when the ball was played to him, but the assistant referee missed it (how? I’ve no idea).

What genuinely interests me is, had Brighton scored from that set piece, would VAR have intervened to rule it out owing to the offside in that phase of play.

I don’t know, myself. If someone does know and can educate me, please do.

I would think/hope so because that decision would have proven instrumental in the goal being scored. But I have my doubts.

So, in short, let’s lay off VAR for a bit and lay in to Fifa or whoever sets these stupid rules.

And while I’m on my high horse about VAR, can players PLEASE stop chasing after the referee if they think they’ve got a shout for a penalty. VAR reviews it all anyway, regardless of whether you’re screaming your head off at the man in black so just cut it out please. You look like a knob head.

As a BT Sports commentator once said, VAR works fine. We just have to do whatever the Germans are doing.

Published by Liam Pritchard

I am a writer and a poet. I say that but, actually, I’m one of those annoying breed of people who pretentiously call themselves writers and/or poets but don’t actually do any writing and stay depressed at their lack of productivity. Far more accurate would be to say that I am an arrogant, ill informed and over opinionated sod with an under developed ability to sense when he’s not funny. But “writer and poet” sounds better and I’m sticking with it. A friend – clearly fed up with my moaning about never producing any body of writing – suggested that I start a blog. My first reaction was “what the **** am I going to write about that anyone will want to read?” Then it dawned on me that it is fairly certain no one will ever read a single word I say on here. But that’s fine. I’m used to talking to myself. In school, I used to spend hours imagining I was a dragon who ran his own restaurant. Or, while playing “mummies and daddies,” I once proclaimed myself Granddad, shipped myself off to war, was promptly shot and killed and lay there dead for the rest of play time (and the entirely of the subsequent three play times). Don’t get me wrong. I had friends. Or at least I don’t recall being conscious of not having friends. I just used to spend a lot of time in my own little world. Not a lot has changed really. So! If you’re a real life human being who has stumbled across my little blog: erm, sorry! You’re really not getting these wasted minutes of your life back. I can’t even offer you photos of grumpy cats to compensate you. Peace and love! xx

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