Former Clarets Striker Robbie Blake Describes VAR As Shambles
Bognor Regis Football Club manager and former Clarets striker Robbie Blake was last weekend asked for his thoughs on VAR as a former Premier League striker with both Burnley & Bradford City. The Isthmian Premier League boss summed it up in just one word a “SHAMBLES”.
VAR was introduced at the start of the season to put right “clear and obvious mistakes” it has arguably become ever more nit-picky and causing even more issue than the one it was brought into correct. This has led to a large number of supporters claiming it’s destroying the authenticity of football.
Friday night’s Premier League game between Sheffield United and West Ham ended with Robert Snodgrass seemingly grabbing a late equaliser for the Hammers after the Blades had led 1-0. But VAR disallowed the goal after the ball appeared to strike the arm of Declan Rice in the build-up to the goal, albeit accidentally.
The away end at Bramall Lane erupted when Snodgrass’s shot hit the back of the net, but that emotion was cruelly swiped away from them when the on-pitch referee made the dreaded VAR signal and pointed for a free-kick. Blake feels this short-lived happiness is one of VAR’s worst side effects.
Speaking on Rocks Radio, Robbie Blake said, “Yes, granted it’ll get some decisions right, but you haven’t got a referee actually refereeing a game anymore, you’ve just got them in a studio sometimes 200-odd miles away from the game. It’s just not good for football all it’s done is take the emotion from the game.
The people who are suffering are the supporters and the players, so how can that be fundamentally good for football, I have actually stopped watching the Premier League now it’s embarrassing. I’d probably say around 85% of the referees, when asked, would say they don’t like it. The Premier League have got to take a real good look at themselves.”