Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was at the heart of VAR controversy yesterday afternoon and has spoken out since the draw with Brighton.
The Reds were on course for a 1-o win against the Seagulls yesterday lunchtime in the Premier League but found themselves pegged back by a Pascal Gross penalty.
Indeed, it was the awarding of the spot-kick that caused the most debate with the initial decision to not give one overturned by the pitchside monitor, with Brighton players even admitting it was soft at best.
VAR, then, is back under the spotlight for its fine-grained nature – the Reds had already seen Mo Salah’s little toe presumably ruled offside earlier in the game – and, reflecting on things, Robertson suggested it was time for players to be involved with the calls.
That in mind, Reds fans responded on Twitter to his suggestion to improve things so let’s take a look at what they had to say…
Totally agree Robbo. I’ve always wondered when players retire there isn’t a pathway for them to go into refereeing. Is it money?? Is it the lack of respect?? Is it that it’s not an option??
— Phil Rowland (@philrowland15) November 28, 2020
Where are these people after all these years? I mean, given lack of referees who are these football experts being turned away by the establishment?
Usually former pro players are fast tracked, why don't we see more?
— Steve Montanino (@SteveMontanino) November 28, 2020
Don’t worry Robbo. That’s what happens when we have idiots officiating.
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) November 28, 2020
"People playing the game", that's YOU Robbo! Next time there is a controversial decision in our favour, and we know it's wrong, purposefully give the ball back to the opposition in protest. (As long as it doesn't cost us the win lol.)
— Hsiang7 (@Hsiang74) November 28, 2020
Still way too many people on the gravy train. Nothing changed with Blatter going. Loads of pointless changes (detrimental even) every season just to keep people in a job and they will probably get given a huge bonus as well.
— Jazz Bright (@JazzBright1) November 28, 2020
Mané disallowed goal, perfect example of how VAR can be used constructively. Penalty decision & Salah disallowed goal, perfect example of how VAR is being used destructively. Finally, 4 teams play tonight, none played in Europe midweek? #BHALIV
— RJStephen (@RJStephen3) November 28, 2020
I have been saying since it was first trialled here in Australia if your gonna have someone judge on it you need to have 1. A referee for the ruling and 2. A former player at that level. Then no one can argue cause you have had 2 professionals look at it so you get on with it.
— Russell Alan Brown (@russellb92) November 29, 2020