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VAR increases refereeing accuracy, but not the total penalty count

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Kremilek2

As far as I know a video referee has been successfully used in ice hockey for years now and there is no reason why it cannot be used in football too. The increase in number of penalties at this World Cup is surprising and should be analyzed deeply.

Fyza3WdCCH

I believe the article left aside the most important aspect of VAR, which is its potencial of weakening football's biggest asset: the emotion of the goal. Imagine last World Cup final, Germany and Argentina are tied in the extra time, when in a genius move, Mario Goetze scores a brilliant goal. The crowd is convulsing in joy, the players hug each other... a couple of minutes later, the referee makes the rectangle sign and sees that the player was a few centimeters ahead of the opponent, thus in offside. Maybe the supporters will start to be more cautious befose celebrating a goal. And the magic of footbal starts to diminish. Football became the most popular sport in the world in spite of 0x0 matches and wrong calls. All because of the moment of the goal. We should be careful before touching it.