Audio footage of a VAR conversation during a Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United has been revealed. The conversation involves a penalty decision regarding Chelsea player Kai Havertz.
The audio, which was leaked online, provides an insight into the conversations that take place between VAR officials during matches. In this particular incident, the referee on the field had awarded a penalty to Arsenal after Havertz was brought down in the box.
The audio begins with the VAR official asking the referee to check the pitchside monitor to review the incident. The referee is then heard saying that he believes it was a penalty and that he did not see any contact with the ball.
The VAR official, however, suggests that there might have been a touch on the ball by the defender before making contact with Havertz. The referee then reconsiders his decision and decides to overturn the penalty.
The audio also captures the VAR official discussing the incident with another member of the VAR team, who agrees that the initial decision should be overturned. They both conclude that there was indeed contact with the ball before the defender made contact with Havertz.
This revelation has sparked a debate among football fans and pundits about the effectiveness of VAR and the role it plays in decision-making during matches. Some argue that incidents like these show the importance of having VAR as it helps correct any potential errors made by the referees on the field. Others, however, believe that the decision-making process should be more transparent and that fans should be able to hear the conversations taking place between the officials.
This leaked audio comes at a time when VAR has been under scrutiny for its inconsistency and controversial decisions. Many believe that improvements need to be made to ensure a fair and consistent application of the technology.
It remains to be seen how this leaked audio will impact the ongoing discussions regarding VAR and its role in modern football.