The addition of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) to the World Cup has made things worse, believes Martin Rogers of USA Today. While the concept of reviewing refereeing decisions with video evidence sounds good, problems have come up. Out of 12 initial incidents where it was needed, half were at least somewhat disputable. A foul on England’s Harry Kane that should have been a penalty against Tunisia stands out among many moments. With such a low rate of being right, the addition of VAR offers few improvements from the referee deciding himself. Perhaps it is the nature of soccer that makes many plays and tackles up for interpretation.
VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has made the World Cup better, asserts Jack Bernhardt in The Guardian. Soccer referees have long been expected to capture the truth of what happens with 100% accuracy; their decisions were deemed infallible with little regard to them being right or not. This fact decimated fans’ trust in them, fueling much anger at referees. Beyond making soccer fairer, VAR sends a positive message, that it is okay for figures of authority to admit that they were wrong and to correct erroneous decisions. Aside from this, it has also made players cleaner with no red cards in the first 14 World Cup matches, which hadn’t happened in 32 years.