Football fans not happy with VAR

A third of football fans believe VAR makes the Premier League less enjoyable to watch 

A YouGov survey has revealed more than two-thirds of Premier League fans questioned believe the video assistant referee has made the game less enjoyable.

The technology is in use for the first time in the English top flight this season and has been arguably the main talking point of the campaign.

A poll last month of 1,396 adults who regularly watch Premier League football found that 67 per cent felt matches were now less enjoyable since the introduction of VAR. Six out of 10 of those surveyed felt the system was working badly, and its performance was scored four out of 10 on average by the group of football watchers.

But despite their disappointment tin the system only 15 per cent of those surveyed wanted the system to be scrapped altogether with 74 per cent saying it should be kept, but modified.

Eighty one per cent felt that supporters should see the incident under review at the same time as the officials see it, while 80 per cent felt referees should be encouraged to use the pitch-side monitors.

Currently the advice to Premier League officials is to use these sparingly and trust in the guidance of the VAR, with a view to making a quicker decision.

Seventy three per cent felt it would help if supporters and television viewers could hear the conversation between the on-field referee and the VAR, and 71 per cent favoured a time limit being imposed on how long a decision can take.