Everyone hates VAR
Anyone who has been tuning in to watch Serie A matches this season will know how bad VAR can be.
It’s received mixed reviews in the test cases in England. But during Saturday night’s FA Cup match between Huddersfield and Man United, many fans were turned completely against the new technology.
That’s after Juan Mata had a goal ruled out minutes before the halftime interval.
Juan Mata goal vs Huddersfield
Man United took the lead at against the Terriers with a brilliant goal from Romelu Lukaku.
However, as the first half wore on, it became clear that United needed a second to seal their foothold on the cup tie.
Just before the break it seemed United made that breakthrough.
Ashley Young slipped a pass through to Juan Mata. The Spaniard got past the Huddersfield keeper and he stuck the ball in the net.
A good minute after Mata’s scored, the ref reversed the goal.
Why? Because Mata was adjudged to have been offside.
But was he? When BT Sports tried to support the decision, they used one of the worst graphics ever seen on TV.
"That was a shambles"
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 17, 2018
Seriously. Who drew those lines? Was the editor drunk or high?
The social media backlash was immediate.
What a VAR-ce. pic.twitter.com/OHVaCOkiRR
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 17, 2018
VAR, ladies and gentlemen. absolutely ludicrous. pic.twitter.com/Sg8lB0IKKk
— Bruce Millington (@brucemillington) February 17, 2018
VAR quite clearly shows Juan Mata to be offside. Stop your moaning. pic.twitter.com/J37XWlB13v
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) February 17, 2018
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 17, 2018
Lol at VAR pic.twitter.com/ic9Rv8xDax
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) February 17, 2018
No hugs for the fourth official… pic.twitter.com/sxX3fjUbjm
— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) February 17, 2018
LATEST: Officials now say they ‘did’ have access to straight lines to make decision (so where did the squiggly ones come from?) and decision was based on this pic. FOR: He’s knee cap off. AGAINST: Is it a clear & obvious error? #VAR #MUFC pic.twitter.com/i03KKTztTH
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) February 17, 2018
If only there were a line already drawn on the pitch in white from which you could draw parallel ones. pic.twitter.com/nJu5paUXrJ
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) February 17, 2018
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) February 17, 2018