Can VAR completely eliminate human error?
VAR is still a major talking point of the Premier League, isn’t it? And I think it always will be as long as it’s around. The bizarre thing for me is that it was introduced to try and eliminate human error, yet human interpretation is still causing decisions to be called incorrectly.
Cast your minds back to the Manchester United penalty which was awarded after full-time in their match against Brighton. This decision might have been correct in fairness (It was definitely a silly handball) so I’ll hold back from criticising the referee Chris Kavanagh – But, it still doesn’t change the fact that it caused a whole lot of confusion. Can you imagine the uproar if fans were in attendance? A full Amex Stadium applauding their team for securing a hard-earned point against one of the biggest clubs in the world, only for the referee to go back and award a penalty AFTER blowing the final whistle.
Anyway – the amount of penalties that has been awarded so far this season has been crazy. It has definitely added to the drama. In the opening three weekends of this Premier League season, there were 20 penalties awarded across just 28 matches. The current record for penalties is 112, a total that were given across the 2006/07 season. Arsenal scored the most goals from the spot year with 12, Leicester already have 7 this season and we’re still nowhere near Christmas!
Betting on the big decisions
Did you know you can bet on penalties to be awarded, whether it’s just a penalty in the match or even to be awarded to a certain team? As Leicester lead the way in the penalties column, they’re currently priced at 11/2 to score a penalty in their next match against Liverpool. That is priced by Paddy Power, so you could take advantage of the Paddy Power 30 risk free offer. Sign up and place £30 on the Foxes to score a penalty at Anfield, and you’d either win £195 or get your money back. Leicester were given two penalties in their last match against Wolverhampton Wanderers…
Going back to the topic of VAR and human error, one decision that I don’t think can be disputed is the Patrick Bamford goal for Leeds which was harshly ruled out at Crystal Palace. You see the officials behind the technology drawing all of these lines and it’s like they’re trying to manufacture an offside call, it’s strange. Bamford was pointing to where he wanted the ball to be played, so it was his arm that was deemed offside. How can that be when it’s not a body part that you can score with? A product that was brought in to reduce the levels of human error, still produces human error with 3 or so officials behind it, it’s quite inexcusable.
I don’t mind VAR and I do think it can be exciting with the drama that it adds. Although it’s such a pain when a team in your bet scores and then end up ruling it out. You can’t celebrate until the teams kick off again! It’s opened up a can of worms in the betting world as the penalty awarded markets are becoming more popular and you can even bet on whether VAR will be used… If you fancy trying your luck with those you could use the paddypower risk free 30 offer to place up to £30 risk free on those markets in a match of your choice. The wave of penalties keeps on coming and it looks like we’re set to smash some Premier League records this season.