Date published: Monday 12th August 2019 12:05
Former England midfielder Danny Murphy wants VAR to be scrapped after two goals were ruled out in the Premier League over the weekend.
The Premier League welcomed the Video Assistant Referee system on its opening weekend, with the new technology providing several talking points.
Manchester City and Wolves each had a goal disallowed by VAR, although City’s luck evened out at West Ham when their later penalty was retaken having been saved.
“Something doesn’t feel right at the moment when we’re watching football,” Murphy told TalkSPORT.
“I know the majority of what VAR did at the weekend was good – corrected some decisions that would not have been – but if you gave me the choice I’d knock VAR on the head.
“I agree with the Wolves manager (Nuno Espirito Santo). Two minutes celebrating, then you take away that joy. Then the other fans are celebrating a non-goal.”
Murphy was also critical of City having a goal disallowed when Raheem Sterling was adjudged to be offside by a matter of millimetres before setting up Gabriel Jesus.
“Do we really want to see goals disallowed for an offside that’s an armpit ahead of another armpit by four millimetres?” Murphy said.
“He might be offside by four millimetres by the letter of the law. But it’s an entertainment business, isn’t it?
“The Sterling goal that was allowed later, there was muted celebrations.
“You could see he was thinking ‘Is this going to get taken away?’ and the Man City fans were clapping. It was like applause at the end of the ballet!”
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher said VAR had proved its value on the opening weekend of the competition.
Gallagher, reflecting on marginal offside decisions being called correctly at West Ham, told Sky Sports: “I don’t think how good an assistant referee is he would spot those. It just shows how effective VAR is and that’s what people ask for.
“They ask for factual evidence and the factual evidence is there for everyone to see. If a ball’s over the line by a yard it’s a goal, it’s the same if it’s over the line by a millimetre.
“That’s a defining line and offside is exactly the same. I don’t see any difference.”