Football lawmakers are set to review whether fans should be shown the entire decision-making process behind the video assistant referee (VAR) system on stadium big screens.
The Premier League is currently barred under International Football Association Board protocol from allowing grounds from displaying review footage until decisions have been made.
However, a lawmaking source confirmed that “live decision making” was an element facing review this Autumn by Ifab. Three decisions were overturned in the 10 matches, with Manchester City and Wolves each having a goal disallowed by VAR. At West Ham, a disallowed penalty retake prompted shouts of “what the f— is going on” from both sets of support.
As it stands television broadcasters are allowed to show footage being seen by the VAR team at Stockley Park, but stadiums can only show images of the decisive moment. Neither are allowed to listen to the discussions between the VAR and the referee.
The Premier League is understood to believe the opening weekend of the season was overwhelmingly successful for the technology. However, former England midfielder Danny Murphy led criticism yesterday by saying he already wants VAR scrapped.
“Something doesn’t feel right at the moment when we’re watching football,” Murphy told TalkSPORT radio. “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.”
VAR adjudged Raheem Sterling to be offside by just a matter of millimetres before setting up Gabriel Jesus for a simple tap-in. “Do we really want to see goals disallowed for an offside that’s an armpit ahead of another armpit by four millimetres?” Murphy said.
There were around 70 VAR checks on the Premier League’s opening weekend, compared to an average of around eight per game during trial matches and in other competitions already using VAR.
The Premier League had promised VAR’s debut season would l not be blighted by the same record delays caused by the technology at the Women’s World Cup. During farcical scenes during England’s 3-0 second-round victory against Cameroon, a total of 18 minutes were added on.
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher felt VAR had proved its value and insisted the system’s operation will become smoother during the course of the season. “You have to remember it’s day one, Gallagher told Sky Sports. “It will get quicker and slicker, because on the first day no VAR wanted to be in a position where it was rushed and he made a mistake.”
IFAB, the lawmaking body, did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily Telegraph over the pending review.