Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani slams VAR, claiming that the use of the technology has made football “a slog” for the players. VAR has been a hot subject of discussion and speculation since it was first seen in the 2018 World Cup.
Every round of matches in the Premier League is followed by discussions about VAR on most weekends, particularly when there are close offside decisions or fouls in the build-up. Both of these points were emphasized by Reds forward Cavani, who was uncompromising in his assessment of the game’s use of technology.
“VAR robs football of its allure and meaning. You have no idea when a referee gives you a penalty or calls you offside, or even how it works,” he told DosDePunta.
“It’s a challenge. After scoring a goal, you must wait two minutes before celebrating. Or, even worse, you cheer only to be told it was ruled out. Because your fingernail or hair was in the wrong place. Or else because one of your teammates made a small foul that went unnoticed – 14 throws before you scored. When stuff like this is brought up, we don’t count.
Play and hold your mouth shut – you win a lot of money,’ as the saying goes. Football has turned into a chore for us, despite our enthusiasm. To endure this routine for an extended period, you must maintain a level of mind.”
Cavani’s most famous goal was disallowed by VAR in United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last month.