Premier League Fans Slam VAR In Poll, as Man Utd Supporters Dislike It Most
The BBC has released the results of a poll of football fans on their views of the controversial VAR system.
Unsurprisingly, it turns out that more supporters dislike the system than are in favour of it. 44% think it has made the game worse, while 30% believe it has improved football since its introduction.
Older fans are particularly against the innovation, with 59% of those over 55-years-old against VAR. Younger generations were more likely to like it, but still only 36% of those aged 18-34 thought it made the game better.
Meanwhile, it can be interesting to read into which fanbases are for and against the system.
Arsenal supporters, who have only seen one decision overturned in their games this season, are 44% in favour, while Manchester United fans were only 32% in favour after watching five decisions overturned in matches they were involved in.
Among Chelsea and Liverpool fans, 37% and 34% respectively thought that the system was making the game better.
Recently, Liverpool players have been some of the most outspoken against the system, having seen a late penalty given to Brighton in their last Premier League game – allowing the Seagulls to snatch a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool were also on the end of one of the most controversial VAR decisions of the season when Jordan Henderson’s last minute winner in the Merseyside Derby was disallowed due to a slight offside.
One proposed solution is to copy the Dutch FA and the system that they use in the Eredivisie, where there is a margin of error.
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