Disgraceful – Spurs show how tedious VAR slows down football
The statistics from tonight’s game reveal a disheartening fact: the ball was in play for a mere 23 minutes during the 56-minute first half. While it was indeed a particularly frenzied game, it’s important to recognize that such madness is an inherent consequence of the extensive utilization of VAR, which scrutinizes every facet of the game and requires several minutes to make judgments. What were once fleeting moments lost in the chaos are now analyzed in a sequential and exhaustive manner.
This observation is not intended as a criticism of the refereeing decisions, but rather as a recognition of the challenges football faces in maintaining its sustainability. While efforts are made to enhance the flow and excitement of the game through refereeing decisions, a significant amount of time is squandered as players stand idle while officials in a remote office review footage on TV screens.
In the midst of this, the fans in the stadium, who are undoubtedly the most important stakeholders, are left witnessing extended periods of inactivity and often struggle to comprehend the intricacies of the decision-making process. They are expected to pay substantial amounts for the privilege of attending matches, and this disconnection between the live experience and the game’s stoppages is a matter of concern for the future of the sport.