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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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