VAR was right in all three big calls at West Ham – but is it worth the confusion?

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SUNSPORT’S Whistleblower gives his verdict as the Premier League returns with VAR.

The former Premier League referee assesses the key video-replay moments from the London Stadium, where champions Manchester City routed West Ham 5-0.

Raheem Sterling was at the centre of one of the three VAR verdicts before the second of his three goals was all.owed
Raheem Sterling was at the centre of VAR drama – over the second of his three goals in Man City’s 5-0 triumph
Gabriel Jesus squeezes in the breakthrough goal but had to sweat for a minute before it was confirmed by VAR
Gabriel Jesus squeezes in Man City’s breakthrough goal but he too had to sweat for a minute before it was confirmed by VAR

VAR was right in all three big calls at West Ham — but is this what we wanted?

Gabriel Jesus struck for 3-0 but it was ruled out, Raheem Sterling offside by a millimetre and VAR took a minute or more to decide.

No one from West Ham would have complained if it was given.

Two further incidents saw Sterling rightly given onside before a penalty for City was correctly retaken after Declan Rice encroached in the area.

But those decisions also took a minute of waiting around.

We have to be careful what we wish for with VAR, as it takes passion and enjoyment away from scoring goals.

If what we saw at West Ham is VAR’s benchmark, we’ll have a lot of stoppages this season and no one wants to see that.

OFFSIDE

GABRIEL JESUS thought he had put Manchester City 3-0 up when he tapped in from Raheem Sterling’s cross.

VAR spotted the England forward’s shoulder was a millimetre offside when he latched on to David Silva’s pass, so the goal was ruled out.

But it took a minute for the final decision to be given.

Man City striker Gabriel Jesus was rightly ruled offside when he netted - but by the narrowest of margins
Man City striker Gabriel Jesus was rightly ruled offside when he netted the opener – but the decision could not have been tighter

ONSIDE

STERLING lofted the ball over goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski into the back of the West Ham net — but he was forced to wait as VAR checked the goal for offside.

The new technology highlighted he was onside from Riyad Mahrez’s clipped pass by the finest of margins this time.

And once again it took a minute to be confirmed.

Hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling had to wait a minute before he was adjudged onside
Man City hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling had to wait a minute before he was correctly adjudged onside for his second goal

PENALTY RETAKE

SERGIO AGUERO had his late penalty saved by Fabianski but VAR intervened for a third time after England midfielder Declan Rice encroached inside the area.

City’s Argentinian hitman made no mistake and sent the keeper the wrong way with the retake — but yet again, the delay left everyone waiting about.

Sergio Aguero bagged the fourth Man City goal with a penalty retake after West Ham midfielder Declan Rice was found to have encroached in the area
Sergio Aguero got the fourth City goal with a penalty retake after VAR found West Ham’s Declan Rice encroached in the area for the first spot-kick


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