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Pedantic VAR strikes again

Football, and by extension sport, is about moments and memories. This weekend has given credence to the argument that those moments are being shredded away by robotic and pedantic VAR decisions. 

The debate will go on over whether Martin Odegaard fouled Christian Eriksen before Gabriel Martinelli had a goal disallowed by the officials behind the technology. But that is the point – that this was not a clear and obvious error by referee Paul Tierney. 

West Ham, Newcastle and Brighton all had fantastic moments ruined by VAR this weekend. It is becoming increasingly clear that the technology needs to be streamlined so that it has a little, but as necessary, impact as possible. 

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