Another day, another incorrect decision that costs points in the Championship. Nottingham Forest’s disallowed goal for offside completed a day where VAR was once again in the headlines, and it’s unbelievable how some clubs and fans think it’s not needed.
Match officials are human and they get decisions wrong just like players and everyone else does, so the more help they can get to make decisions correctly the better. Yes, Champions League and domestic cup games have shown it takes too long, but it will get quicker. The correct decision is the most important thing.
Forest were the victims on Saturday, as were Swansea, who didn’t have VAR for their FA Cup game with Manchester City because they play in the Championship. Surely, the FA are more than capable of introducing VAR in Championship grounds in the cups just like they are in the Premier League. However, teams in the top two divisions voted against its introduction at the start of this season.
There should be no sympathy for clubs that voted against the introduction and receive bad decisions, but at least their moaning will encourage them to decide otherwise at the beginning of the next campaign. Tens of millions ride on football nowadays and it’s vital referees have the opportunity to correct mistakes.
Many fans believe it kills the emotion of the game, so does that mean those people enjoy their team facing injustice and perhaps missing out on promotion or a play-off spot because of it? Those people are hypocrites and must understand the game is evolving.
Every change faces opposition, but when it’s implemented and perfected, people wonder what we did before it.
Offside was introduced, substitutions rules implemented, then we had goal-line technology, which so many people were against but now everyone knows it’s necessary. It’s important due to the magnitude of today’s game key decisions are correct. It’s as simple as that.
The Championship is not some farmers league without the importance or infrastructure required for VAR implementation. If it’s being used in Premier League grounds in the cups, it should be used in Championship grounds in the same competition.
Next season, let’s hope it’s rolled out across England’s top two divisions for good.
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