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What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by obembet(f): 7:33am On Jul 26
We all knew, before a ball had even been kicked, that this Premier League season would be unlike any other. Even without a pandemic, a three-month hiatus and a quarter of the campaign played in front of no fans, this was going to be different.

The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has had a profound effect on not only the game but the spectacle. Things may never be the same again.

The Mail on Sunday have been at the forefront of VAR and how it has been utilised by Mike Riley’s team of officials at Stockley Park.

Our revelations after the very first game of the season showed that the technology used by the VAR to show Raheem Sterling’s toenail was offside, specifically the frame rates of the broadcast cameras, was not advanced enough to tell for certain if a player was offside at the exact point at which the ball was played.

We are told that more correct decisions have been made but at what cost? Lengthy delays with fans left wondering what is going on, fastidious drawing of offside lines on armpits and an almost unshakable reluctance to use the pitchside monitors.

Even then, penalties that look obvious get overlooked in the name of ‘clear and obvious’ errors.

FIFA have taken control of VAR, the baton passed to them by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), and, with Pierluigi Collina and Arsene Wenger now the key decision-makers, the world governing body want all federations to apply the technology the same way.

That means Riley and the Premier League may be forced to allow their officials to use the monitors more as well as use VAR to check whether the goalkeeper has moved off his line at penalties, which they do not currently do.

Regardless, VAR is here to stay. So, just what has it changed? How different would the Premier League have looked without it?

It has affected more games than not. There have been 216 Premier League games that have included VAR reviews and only 154 without.

Two games, Leicester versus Southampton and Manchester United versus Bournemouth each had five reviews, the most. Of the 334 times VAR has been consulted, the decision was overturned 104 times. That leaves 31 per cent to have been classed as clear and obvious errors.

Decisions affected other clubs more than others. Wolves are the biggest VAR losers.

In another VAR-less world, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side would be set to dust off their passports ready for the Champions League.

As you can see by our ‘Table Without VAR', Wolves would be third going into the last game of the season needing just a point at Chelsea, or for Manchester United to fail to win at Leicester, to qualify for the Champions League.

In reality, they cannot qualify for the Champions League and face a fight to hold onto sixth place.

Manchester City would be five points better off without VAR, and only seven points behind Liverpool rather than 18, making for a more interesting title fight that Jurgen Klopp’s side would still have won.

At the other end, West Ham would have been safe a lot sooner and Aston Villa would be facing a much easier task on Sunday, though it is also worth remembering the point they were potentially saved by goal-line technology’s malfunction against Sheffield United. Spurs are the team that have gained most from VAR this season, without it they would be seven points and three league positions worse off.

Liverpool would had to have made do with 91 points at this stage instead of 96.

VAR has changed the result of 37 matches, averaging out at one match per round of fixtures.

It has only changed one match from what would have been a loss without VAR to a win however — Liverpool’s 1-0 home victory against Wolves where Sadio Mane’s goal was originally chalked off and Wolves’ equaliser originally stood.

What about the referees? Seventeen officials have taken charge of 10 or more games this season with only five having eight or more decisions overturned by VAR.

Martin Atkinson and his team have had more decisions overturned than any other. Graham Scott is in second place with 11 overturns having refereed 12 games fewer than Atkinson.

Scott averages one overturn every 1.7 games, a league high. Some 21 per cent of the games his team have officiated have had their result changed by VAR’s presence, also a league high.

Throughout the season we were told VAR would stick to a ‘high bar for intervention’. That too appeared to alter during the campaign.

Despite only five overturned decisions in the first 43 games, we saw 18 in 26 matches from December 27 to January 11. Other than that, it was relatively constant.

The rate at which penalties have been awarded by VAR has changed greatly however.

Not a single penalty was awarded by VAR for 92 games before Brighton’s Aaron Connolly was awarded a soft spot-kick against Everton. This was the first of four penalties awarded in eight games.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8560319/amp/What-Premier-League-table-looks-like-without-VAR-Wolves-Arsenal-Spurs.html

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by paulolee(m): 7:34am On Jul 26
have said it countless times...we enjoy football the more without VAR than now that its introducced because the regular stops and the search for perfection do make football boring to watch especially for the non fans...
we all know that LiVARpool and man.u were assited by var but am surprised seeing that wolves are one of the biggest losers to VAR..
am not surprised at city because i do tink that VAR maybe cursed by pep ex girlfriend because it never seems to favor city..
the biggest hit was that city vs Tottenham ucl knockout clash that pep was left heartbroken after his crazy celebration for that badly needed sterling goal, only for var to notice that aguero was a bit offside and the same var didnt see llorente handball goal....that's life...
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for liVARpool fans calling me a hater and saying VAR didnt assist them to win the league with such a wide margin..
here is my point, that wide margin is as a result of the nov fixture dt city lost to Anfield after VAR denied them a penalty in the 5th minute on a clear handball on Arnold and 5sec leta fabinho scored dt cracker..
city were broken and didnt see themselves catching up with that 8 points lead because of the that bias VAR in anfield..
Livarpool may still endup winning the league because they were more determined than city but i dont think it would be this easy with such a wide margin.. my opinion

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Nezzjnr: 7:37am On Jul 26
Trash

No agenda against VAR must prosper cheesy

See Chelshit fans consoling themselves

Meanwhile Chelsea fans should be wary of this guy today

Reports has shown that him and Adama are lipsrsealed lipsrsealed lipsrsealed

I won't talk more than this

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by YoungLionken(m): 7:37am On Jul 26
I don't know about others but,VAR is the best..

It shouldn't be limited to football only,it should be included as a machine for assessing government. For example, instead of questioning PMB and Jonathan's ministers through orals,pen and paper,VAR would go a long(better) way.

Gandollar comes to mind, the government should've known what to do to him,if not for corruption from nepotism ravaging the system.

We should not be surprised on the last day of judgement,as VAR would be simply used( to save time),by then, after seeing all the atrocities you committed while on earth, you won't bother to argue but to go where is truly due for you...

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by OkhaiAsein(m): 7:37am On Jul 26
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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Samuelscott: 7:37am On Jul 26
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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Imustreturn(m): 7:37am On Jul 26
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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by inoki247: 7:38am On Jul 26
How La Liga own go look

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by PresidentAtiku(m): 7:38am On Jul 26
VARchester United fans will soon come for you

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Africana1123(m): 7:38am On Jul 26
Up man u grin grin

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by busky101(m): 7:38am On Jul 26
Wow
Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by JessetariahMD(m): 7:38am On Jul 26
Word
Var helped Varchester united so much
Awarding cheap penalties for Bruno Penaldes to convert

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by jayautos: 7:38am On Jul 26
I know this VAR will be used wrongly..
Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Balenciagaokey: 7:38am On Jul 26
grin grin grin

Manchester United suppose dey relegation, when they check premier league table without penalties.

Up Liverpool.
Champions

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Elimariner(m): 7:38am On Jul 26
Lol
Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Sniper4real(m): 7:39am On Jul 26
Skrrr papapapa
Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by iceboy4752(m): 7:39am On Jul 26
Shebi they said VAR favours Man United. It was VAR that made us draw with West Ham.

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Hades2016(m): 7:39am On Jul 26
Who ask una , and moreover league has already ended so why all dis now now... Some nairalander should stop taking weed angry
Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Joshmodest(m): 7:39am On Jul 26
Every team has benefited from the VAR , sometimes I want to think na Arsenal suffer the ting pass , but I remember old Trafford equalizer by auba , if not for VAR ...Manchester united for use ojoro win us....
Officiation in England has always been on an all time low ... Var has even come to prove how stupid some of these referees are with their callous decisions !

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by kleverley(m): 7:39am On Jul 26
Makes no much difference. It has made some right and wrong calls.

It Can only get better

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Ayemileto(m): 7:39am On Jul 26
Wolves are the biggest losers here.

They might not even qualify for Europa. smiley

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by ForeThinker: 7:40am On Jul 26
Issokay
Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by HQDesign: 7:40am On Jul 26
cheesy
Abeg Man U, make una no use this one decide to mumu with impunity today oh.
Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by kinibigdil: 7:40am On Jul 26
Liverpool fc still won by miles

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by Seunpaul01(m): 7:41am On Jul 26
Looks like Tottenham is the most favoured followed by Manchester united. While Wolverhampton suffered the most.

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by blhaqee100: 7:41am On Jul 26
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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by paulolee(m): 7:42am On Jul 26
inoki247:
How La Liga own go look
that la liga own eeh...madrid fit endup religated without var

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Re: What The EPL Table Would Look Like Without VAR by thesicilian: 7:42am On Jul 26
Man U would actually be in midtable without VAR

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