October 18, 2021

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Fans set to attend fewer games due to VAR – survey

A study conducted by the Football Supporters Association (FSA) in England showed more than 40 per cent of fans are likely to attend fewer games due to concerns about the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

The survey, taken by 33,243 supporters, showed more than 94 per cent of the respondents felt VAR had made watching football “less enjoyable” citing issues such as the length of time taken to confirm decisions.

Fans also said VAR had ruined the spontaneity of goal celebrations.

Only 26 per cent supported the use of VAR, though 97 per cent voted in favour of goal-line technology, which provides near-instant results.