In his first article for
Playrface, Timóteo Corça tells us why VAR is a good thing despite the controversy surrounding it.
On 13th February 2018, Ajax played Real Madrid in the Champions League. The match ended 2-1 amid controversy regarding the use of VAR. There are lovers and detractors of the technology but I am here to say I condone its existence. Long live VAR! But why am I an admirer? After all, it causes temporal instability and gives further control to the officials who are not beyond reproach. The beauty of this video assistant referee is the anarchy it causes. It dismantles notions and narratives entrenched in o
Observe the source of these furrowed brows. Ajax were awarded a goal that put them in the lead, 1-0. The referee required a video review and the goal was subsequently disallowed. The reason was for an obstruction on Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibault Courtois by Dusan Tadic who was also deemed offside. The official was correct in his summation and the goal should not have stood. That, of course, did not stop the naysayers from voicing their grievances.
For there is a deeper narrative at play in this particular example. Ajax
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But our world is not ideal in the drama of our cultural narratives. Reason and order are pesky irritants, flies in the ointment, to use an English idiom. The official made the right decision in disallowing it. Tadic prevented a fair goal. Why is VAR to hold this burdensome revolt? It is far too easy to blame a system that has no feelings, no ripostes, no way of improvement without human interactions. You should blame the men behind the systems (and they are men, for women receive frighteningly little involvement in soccer at the highest level) if you think they are flawed. Lest we forget, it is video-assisted refereeing. Humans are the ultimate decision makers. Referees have a reputation for making questionable decisions. The problem is now compounded fourfold! VAR is not your enemy! And perhaps you should look inwards at what you desire. If you do not like the sport’s administration, do not look to this technology as your moral compass. Officials did not create VAR to shift the power away from the Goliaths, towards the Davids. Some argue this happened before the video assistance was introduced but clearly not enough.
Instead, we must accept our fates. VAR is not going away. The Laws of the Game have implemented it. Yet ironically, it continues to stand on trial. But it is exposing the foundational problems in the sport and our aims should be rebuilding and rejuvenating. This is a chance to create o