West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady absolutely slaughtered VAR, when writing her regular column for the Sun, and shared what she heard Gary Neville say about the ridiculous decision that nearly cost the Hammers against Chelsea.
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David Moyes was furious when Tomas Soucek’s goal against Chelsea at the London Stadium on Wednesday night was ruled out. And so were the West Ham fans. In fact, most people watching the game were bemused to say the least.
Anger turned to dismay when Willian fired home from the spot to give the Blues the lead. And Hammers fans could have been forgiven for thinking that it was the same old story.
But West Ham turned things around, eventually winning the match 3-2.
But that didn’t stop Brady from coming out firing in her Sun column. The Hammers supremo gave it to VAR with both barrels, and she didn’t hold back:
“Maybe in the next century they will find the buried bones of past Premier League clubs, cast adrift by some ludicrous decisions that sent them into the abyss. Otherwise known as the Championship. Rules are rules, even the ludicrous ones like handball, intentional or not, voiding goals. Rules like your eyelashes being offside ruling out goals. VAR was brought in to make 100 per cent of the ref’s decisions right but that’s not happened.”
Brady went on to share what she heard Neville say about the VAR call:
“Not only has it made mistakes, VAR is also testing the crowd’s patience. It’s an unusual atmosphere being in an empty stadium watching a match but one of the few advantages is you can hear Gary Neville’s TV commentary from inside the stadium while you are in your seat. At one point during those four minutes, I heard him say that if it takes this long for VAR to make a decision, then the goal should stand.”
West Ham have been on the wrong on end some horrendous decisions this season – Sheffield United away, Tottenham away and Chelsea at home.
But we must remember that it is not the VAR system that is at fault here. It is the nominated referee in Stockley Park who is making the calls. And because of that, the system is still liable to human error.
Perhaps there should be a change whereby a panel of ex-players review contentious decisions. The only problem with that, of course, is that unintended bias could influence their decisions.
At the end of the day, the system isn’t perfect. Just like referees and the old system wasn’t perfect.
So why don’t we just go back to the way things were? Sure, there were plenty of mistakes made, but that was part of the game, and on the whole, they evened out.
That quite simply hasn’t happened for West Ham this season, and it is one of the reasons why we are so deeply entrenched in a relegation battle.