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Video evidence still sparks debate 5 years later

Dhe organized fan scene wants to abolish it immediately, the officials like to swear at the “Cologne cellar” out of emotion, the associations are always working on new extensions: the video proof is a huge hot topic in the Bundesliga even five years after its introduction.

The “eternal” expert Günter Netzer, who worried about a perfect and boring sport through video images, has long been refuted. People still argue, curse and discuss – now with the additional level of Video Assistant Referee (VAR). It has been like this since video evidence was used for the first time in the Bundesliga on August 18, 2017 in FC Bayern’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

The football officials started with the vision of making the multi-million dollar business fairer. This plan is underpinned by annual reports, according to which between 60 and 100 wrong decisions are corrected per season in the federal leagues. While many are annoyed by the waiting and the constant corrections, referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich announced even more interventions before the summer break: “There is more of a tendency to think about a lack of intervention than about excessive intervention.”

Fans complain about loss of emotions

Fans won’t like to hear that. The VAR is rather unpopular in the curves, the correction of the factual decision is perceived as a clinical intervention in the sport. “A large part is very clearly against the video evidence,” said spokesman Sig Zelt from the ProFans alliance of the German Press Agency: “The small gain in more justice is disproportionate to the loss of emotions.” The delayed goal celebrations make the sport for the spectators “much less attractive”.

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