VAR Feature Receives Praise at Euro 2024

VAR Feature Receives Praise at Euro 2024

Fans have called for reforms in how VAR is utilised in the Premier League following Friday’s Euro 2024 opener between Germany and Scotland.

The hosts flexed their considerable muscle at the Allianz Arena, running out 5-1 winners with five different goalscorers in a dominant showing against their Group A rivals.

Scotland were forced onto the back foot from kick-off, and early goals from Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala forced the floodgates open.

Kai Havertz made it three with a spot kick after Ryan Porteous was shown a straight red card following a VAR review from match official Clement Turpin.

The referee had already pointed to the spot at that stage, as Ryan Christie appeared to foul Musiala inside the box.

VAR was twice called upon during the first-half of Germany’s 5-1 win against Scotland

Referee pointed to the spot after Jamal Musiala was brought down before VAR overturned the decision on review

Referee pointed to the spot after Jamal Musiala was brought down before VAR overturned the decision on review

A review from VAR revealed that the point of contact had actually been made just outside the 18-yard-line and the official overturned his decision to a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Unlike in Premier League games where only the ruling is relayed to the spectators in attendance, at the Allianz the reasoning behind the overturning was broadcast on screens and through the stadium PA.

Supporters on social media clamoured for similar technology to be introduced to the Premier League last season.

One fan wrote: ‘This is how VAR should always work’

Another added: ‘Never happening in the premiership. Too good of an idea.’

A third added: ‘The way VAR is going to he used in this tournament is going to embarrass the premier league’

A further fan said: ‘A quick and clearly explained VAR decision? It’ll never catch on.’

A fifth noted that a lack of big screens at some Premier League stadium might hamper the implementation in England: ‘[It’s a] nice thought but no big screens at Man U or Liverpool.’

Fans shared their thought about the technology being introduced in the Premier League

Fans shared their thought about the technology being introduced in the Premier League

After being reduced to ten men on the brink of half-time Steve Clarke’s set up more defensively after returning from the interval but still couldn’t contain a rampant Germany.

Goals from substitutes Niclas Fullkrug and Emre Can completed the thrashing as Die Mannschaft moved into pole position to qualify top of Group A. 

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