Consistency. That’s all we ask for.
I have no issue with the Nicolas Pepe penalty decision against Sheffield United. As long as VAR is consistent.
Next time a referee points to the spot after Jamie Vardy, Son or Wilfried Zaha initiate contact and goes down, I expect VAR to intervene and overturn the decision.
Likewise I understand why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent off against Crystal Palace. But since then how many other similar challenges have occurred and VAR has decided not to issue a red card?
VAR should not only exist to overturn “clear and obvious errors” but should also ensure a greater level of consistency in decision making. What is a penalty or red card in one game should be a penalty or red card in the next.
We have already seen with the Aubameyang red card that VAR lacks inconsistency. There have been at least 2 similar challenges since VAR upgraded yellow to red. In neither case was a red card issued.
We also know that between now and the end of the season, Vardy, Son or Zaha will go down under similar circumstances as Pepe. The ref will point to the spot and VAR will fail to overturn the penalty.
The problem with VAR is not the technology. It is those interpreting the incident.
An individuals interpretation of an incident still leads to inconsistent decision making. What one referee thinks is a penalty another might not.
The Calum Chambers “foul” for Sokratis last minute winner still baffles me. It wasn’t a foul yet the VAR decided it was. We have seen more blatant fouls ignored.
VAR can be a good thing. It worked well at the last World Cup. But in the Premier League it has lead to consistent decision making.
At the moment all it is doing is highlighting how inconsistent referees are.