CHRIS SUTTON, KEITH HACKETT AND FANS REACT TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S NEW VAR RULING

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VAR SHOULD BE SCRAPPED

Football experts including Chris Sutton, Paul Parker and ex-referee Keith Hackett discuss what the future holds for VAR technology in the Premier League.

Our research has found out what fans really think of VAR this season and whether it should be scrapped before next season.

Football experts agree that VAR should be scrapped

VAR has been the hottest debate this Premier League season, and has divided opinions of fans, pundits and players alike. To reveal more, we surveyed football fans from each of the Premier League clubs and got the thoughts of football experts to debate the biggest talking point in English football this season – the introduction of VAR.

We invited Chris Sutton, Keith Hackett and Paul Parker to be part of an expert panel to debate the biggest talking point in English football – the introduction of VAR.

VAR-DICT panel event. Photo taken by Ready10 agency on the 3rd December.

Chris Sutton and Keith Hackett’s thoughts on VAR

Former Chelsea and Celtic forward, Chris Sutton revealed his thoughts on why VAR needs to be scrapped:

“VAR needs to be scrapped until referees get a better level of training and they’re competent in making decisions. Watching games this season, we’ve seen some incredibly bad decisions. At this time of the season they need to scrap it and bring it back next season once all the training has taken place.

Chris Sutton. Photo taken by Ready10 agency on Tuesday, the 3rd December.

Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett shared his thoughts on why VAR isn’t working and why Mike Riley is partly to blame:

“VAR is a mess, but referees need help. When I was boss of the PGMOL and analysed decisions, mistakes were made by referees because we didn’t have a viewing angle. Therefore, I’m in strong support of VAR but we’ve made the biggest mess of a piece of technology available to referees.

 The current referees have been fully exposed, and if I was a referee now, I would not operate under Mike Riley’s regime. It currently states that referees cannot look at a pitch side monitor, but I would want to use the technology to help me rectify my decision. Mike likes to manufacture referees with no personality, and now only Mike Dean is the only one with a personality. There are good referees that shouldn’t be leaving the Premier League, like Howard Webb and Mark Clattenburg.” 

Keith Hackett. Photo taken by Ready10 agency on Tuesday, the 3rd December.

Premier League Fans’ opinions back Chris and Keith’s thoughts

Our research has backed up Chris and Keith’s thoughts, as fans revealed they think VAR needs to be scrapped. The Blue side of Manchester feel the hardest done by, with 73% of City’s fans feeling VAR should be scrapped for season. The only fans to feel more strongly against VAR are Cherries fans, with 75% agreeing it’s time for a change back to old ways.

Overall 58% of fans claim VAR should be scrapped before next season, while only 42% back it to stay. But interestingly, one set of fans are in favour of a Premier League future with VAR. 60% of Aston Villa fans feel that VAR doesn’t need to be scrapped and should stay on next season.

DO FANS THINK THE PREMIER LEAGUE SHOULD SCRAP VAR?
CLUBS YES NO
Bournemouth 75% 25%
Manchester City 73% 27%
West Ham United 70% 30%
Burnley 69% 31%
Newcastle United 68% 32%
Crystal Palace 66% 34%
Tottenham Hotspur 66% 34%
Sheffield United 63% 38%
Southampton 62% 38%
Leicester City 60% 40%
Everton 58% 42%
Manchester United 57% 43%
Wolverhampton Wanderers 56% 44%
Arsenal 55% 45%
Watford 55% 45%
Liverpool 53% 47%
Norwich City 52% 48%
Chelsea 52% 48%
Brighton and Hove Albion 50% 50%
Aston Villa 40% 60%
Total 58% 42%
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