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And so the VAR debate rages on, with rage now being the apposite word. After the widely praised decision on Tuesday night http://www.ottawasenatorsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Derick-Brassard-Jersey to overturn a close on-field offside call and allow Leicester’s second goal against Fleetwood Town – “VAR at its best,” trilled Michael Owen – came a contrasting experience during the FA Cup replay between Chelsea and Norwich on Carolina Hurricanes Jersey Wednesday. On this occasion Willian fell over Timm Klose’s outstretched leg inside the penalty area shortly after the start of extra time, and instead of pointing to the spot the referee booked the Brazilian and gave the visitors a free-kick. When the VAR failed to overturn the decision Alan Shearer, part of the BBC’s panel of pundits, was apoplectic. Men's Replica Majestic Andre Ethier Green Jersey - #16 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers Salute To Service“I was very doubtful about it and now it’s a shambles,” he raged. “We all think it’s a clear and obvious penalty. That’s why it’s all wrong, because it’s someone else’s opinion and that’s why it’s a shambles.” Nike Le'Veon Bell Women's Olive Limited Jersey: #26 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 Salute To ServiceEven if the decision had been clearly wrong – which it wasn’t, but we’ll come on to that – Shearer’s reaction was childish and ill‑informed, and by his own admission – “I was very doubtful about it” – fuelled by prejudice rather than genuine analysis. Being employed to have opinions does not mean Johnny Unitas Authentic Jersey he has to leap two-footed into them, studs up and full of fury. And by being so judgmental and so outspoken Shearer has unnecessarily brought the focus on to the VAR and away from the humiliating fact that http://www.authenticwashingtonnationalsshop.com/Howie-Kendrick-Jersey three Chelsea players were cautioned for simulation in one match against opponents from a lower division. Pedro’s offence in particular was cheating of the most callous kind. If anything was “all wrong” on Wednesday night, it was Chelsea’s grasp on the principles of fair play and sportsmanship. Over recent years it has become increasingly easy to win a penalty. In the first 10 completed Premier League seasons – the first three of which featured 22 top-flight teams and thus more matches – there were, on average, 62 penalties. In the past 10 completed Premier League seasons there were 92. At present any contact at all between http://www.authenticyankeesstore.com/Authentic-Matt-Holliday-Jersey defender and attacker inside the area is widely and wrongly seen as being sufficient reason to award a penalty. If having a VAR emboldens referees not to make marginal penalty awards, in the knowledge that they will be overruled in the case of glaring error, it will also remove the incentive that encouraged Pedro and Álvaro Morata to tumble on Wednesday night and in so doing lead to faster and fairer play. If a few probably‑penalties go unawarded along the way, it is a price well worth paying. On this path, Willian’s trip was a step in the right direction. In that particular incident Klose certainly flung his leg into Willian’s way, without making contact with the ball. But because his leg was on the ground as the Brazilian passed, and it appeared that Willian’s natural stride pattern would take him over Klose altogether, it could be argued that it was actually the http://www.nfl49ersofficialauthentics.com/Joshua-Garnett-Jersey Chelsea player who initiated the contact. This was obviously the referee’s reading of the situation, and as the VAR protocols state that “the original decision given by the referee will not be changed unless the video review clearly shows that the decision was clearly wrong” his decision had to stand, just as an on-field decision to award a penalty would also have stood. “It’s someone else’s opinion and that’s why it’s a shambles,” Shearer seethed, but if any situation remains uncertain despite video analysis it is not “someone else’s opinion”, it is the referee’s alone. As it would Teddy Bridgewater Authentic Jersey have been had VAR not been in use, but with an added layer of security. This is, at least for the English, a new application of technology. The match officials Jeff Heuerman Jersey themselves have benefited from months of robust training and regular practice before its introduction, but fans, managers, players and pundits have not. To rush to furious judgment now, based on our currently pathetically limited experience, would be infantile, whatever the conclusion. As our dipped toe leads inevitably to full VAR immersion there will probably be some glaring errors, and there will certainly be delays; on occasion other people may come to conclusions that are not the same as our own. All of this will be irritating, but it will add to our knowledge and to the referees’. http://facebookhitlist.com/profiles/blogs/why-mets-are-right-to-drive-fans-insane-with-amed-rosario
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