The Decision That Proves VAR Is A Shambles? Astonishing Penalty Confusion Overshadows Burnley FA Cup Win
VAR remains a hot topic in world football with some leagues already adopting the controversial video review system but it was once again in the spotlight today during a bizarre moment in the FA Cup.
The Premier League have already announced that VAR will be at all matches from next season but it is already being used in the domestic cup competition and it is fair to say that there are still some bugs to be fixed.
The confusing moment came at Turf Moor during the game between Burnley and Barnsley in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and it left the fans in the crowd dumbstruck with laughter and bemusement.
The Turf Moor club were awarded a penalty in the first half and at that stage it appeared as if everything was normal...
Up stepped Vydra to take the spot kick for the home team but just as he was about to kick the ball, the referee blew his whistle at the last possible second to say that there was an off-side earlier on in the move.
The referee initially blew the whistle to give Vydra the nod to take the effort at goal before immediately blowing his whistle to stop him, much to the delight of the away Barnsley fans behind the goal.
The Clarets went on to win the game with an injury time penalty much to the relief of the home fans but it was the earlier moment which baffled everyone, including Sean Dyche...
The referee allowed the set-up for a penalty and I know we are learning about it, but the referee should grab the ball and walk outside the penalty area, so there are no implications.
The right decision appears to have been reached in the end but the process was clearly a complete shambles and thew doubts surrounding the use of VAR in football continues to rage on.