Roker Report’s Philip West has been reacting to the news that VAR will be used in Sunderland‘s League One playoff final clash with Wycombe Wanderers, warning of the ‘ridiculous fingernail offside’ decisions.
The Lowdown: Season-defining day at Wembley
The Black Cats face their biggest game of a gruelling season on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Wycombe at Wembley for a place in the Championship.
Alex Neil’s side overcame Sheffield Wednesday in a dramatic semi-final clash but they must now make sure that all their hard work doesn’t go to waste against a stubborn opponent.
It has been confirmed that VAR will be used for Saturday’s game – something that Sunderland and Wycombe haven’t experienced in the league all season long.
Is this the year that Sunderland finally get out of League One?
The Latest: Journalist unhappy about VAR
Reacting to the news on Twitter, journalist and podcaster West was unconvinced about the controversial technology coming into play at Wembley:
“Mixed thoughts on VAR being used for the playoff final. The system itself is OK in theory (the ridiculous idea of a fingernail being offside notwithstanding) but it’s only as good as the people operating it. Hopefully we have experienced officials for Saturday.”
The Verdict: Could it prove key?
Fans will always be divided when it comes to VAR, with some feeling it ultimately leads to correct decisions and others believing it has taken some of the heart and drama out of the game.
There is every chance that it will cause some kind of controversy on Saturday afternoon and the hope is that Sunderland aren’t on the receiving end of it, as they look to break out of League One after a four-year stay.
That being said, it can clearly be beneficial a lot of the time, so it could be that West and others are happy come Saturday night, should it have aided a Black Cats win.
In other news, James Copley is stunned by some other Sunderland playoff final news. Find out why here.
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