Tony Cascarino believes VAR is making soccer ‘rotten’, with many followers – together with himself – being turned away from the gorgeous sport because of know-how.
There was controversy as soon as once more within the Premier League on Saturday, as Casc’s beloved Liverpool had been denied a win at Brighton by an damage time penalty equaliser.
Pascal Gross stepped as much as hearth the spot kick previous Alisson, cancelling out Diogo Jota’s 60th minute opener and securing the Seagulls a share of the spoils.
Neal Maupay had earlier missed one other penalty which might have fired Brighton into the lead, whereas Mohamed Salah additionally had a potential opening objective dominated out for offside after a VAR overview.
After which, after Jota’s strike, Sadio Mane’s header which might have put Liverpool two targets to the great was additionally dominated out by VAR for offside.
Jurgen Klopp would have been bemoaning VAR because of these choices alone, however he had one more reason to be pissed off as Brighton’s late, late penalty was additionally awarded after referee Stuart Atwell consulted the pitchside screens.
Whereas not a particular sure or no choice – Andy Robertson clearly kicked Danny Welbeck’s foot earlier than the striker touched the ball – there was a lot frustration that VAR as soon as once more overruled a choice which couldn’t be construed as a transparent and apparent error.
And Cascarino went on a rant about VAR on Sunday’s Weekend Sports activities Breakfast, claiming the know-how is driving individuals away from a sport which is turning into ‘rotten’.
“After all I discover [VAR] perplexing and troublesome to elucidate,” started Casc. “Do I prefer it? No. Does it put me off soccer? Completely, at instances.
“The sport is gorgeous, however sadly you’ll get that [people being put off].
“I do know plenty of my associates, and lots of people listening to this present, who love soccer however don’t just like the type of soccer at present. They don’t just like the product.
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“I like the method, the bodily situation of soccer is extraordinary, it’s stunning, and the sport is being performed by groups who’re very attack-minded; I really like all of that.
“However the aspect of soccer that makes it rotten is that this, what we’re watching and witnessing now.”
Cascarino additionally mentioned the ‘soul’ of soccer is being misplaced with the usage of VAR.
“Danny Welbeck mentioned it was a really mushy penalty, and that’s the opposition,” he continued.
“I discover we’ve misplaced the soul of the sport in the meanwhile, by the choices which might be being made.
“I say this loads, however you don’t need to sound old-fashioned; however the place we’re within the sport at present, in comparison with yesterday, is 1,000,000 miles away.
“If you wish to make actually silly circumstances you may argue Danny Welbeck, as he stretches his leg, places his foot up. That’s a silly argument, since you need Danny as a centre-forward to try to get the ball.
“I’m seeing a defender who’s making an attempt to clear the ball clip the foot of a participant. For those who assume that’s clear and apparent as a foul, I’m sorry – I don’t perceive the sport, I don’t perceive soccer.”