VAR previews…

Ahtarma? This is exactly what is happening in modern football with the famous VAR. Where the devil puts his foot on football dressed in the costume of the archangel of the cleansing in order to finally smile sardons with the elbow he has created.

Football can be tragic, and sometimes it can be comical. The safest way to become comedic is VAR. Pep Guardiola's despair after his furious celebration and the impression that "Man, now I feel like an idiot" in combination with the embarrassing smiles of Tottenham followers who had fallen from Big Ben on the benches of Stihad, dusted off and went on to collect the profits from the joker card they found on their landing, I would they feel primordial and Bunuel renews his approach to surrealism.

An integral part of the game

One may not have the best view of justice. The point is that good or bad in its application, in its general context (and in its various stages), imposes penalties for almost all the offenses the legislator could think of. This has been the case in football so far. With the significant difference that in delivering justice to football, we have taken into account and accepted that human error is involved as an integral part of the game. As it was (and is) for the player, so was the referee for the match.

We may, especially in Greece, live in the rage, the result of injustice (on the pitch because we are making a conscious rubbing elsewhere), but at 10 wrong decisions in world football, at 9 we talk about human error and we deal with the deceit in one

Until the moment when a judge came to theoretically help the judge and to go higher than him, but choosing the offenses where justice no longer recognizes human error. By what criteria? There was no mathematical formula from which the decision on which phases will be judged in the VAR Court of Appeal came from. Obviously the ones that are more directly related to the goal and it was more convenient so as not to disturb the smooth flow of the match. Maybe it makes sense, if you decide to put such a process in a team sport. The question is, why decide?

Delivering justice in the second instance?

Let's put aside that, after its initial implementation in the World Cup, the decisions of the VAR referees have now begun to be challenged, despite the use of technology. Let us not comment that we will be talking about a football of the rich for the events that will have the possibility of installing the VAR and therefore (theoretically) a greater degree of justice and the poor who will not be able to raise the investment or will do it but with discounts on the final result .

But if I have Messi in my team (or someone 'Messi') who has a 40-50% chance of scoring a goal with a direct foul outside the area, why is there no VAR justice there? Is it possible for a line to define the administration of justice in the second instance?

OK, we would stop playing every now and then. Accepted, but even now there is no benefit in playing. On the contrary! When you designate a panel of technological equipment to judge the instant decision that the human eye made, you admit that this same eye is very likely to make mistakes in other phases. You just don't judge them, these, as decisive. The difference is that the game, and therefore its outcome, is a sum of phases, choices and decisions. So you can't finally know which phase is crucial, as we are talking about a chain of events in which you arbitrarily choose to examine only a few links.

The burden of responsibility

In essence, then, it is like distorting the image and growing distrust of the human ability to do justice to football. What, after all, is the VAR beyond… phase-sampling, with which the competent authority tries to convince that it makes the sport fairer?

It can be heretical, but all participants in the race must bear the right to make the mistake, taking the burden of responsibility. Seeing more and more castrated or phobic referees seeking the help of the VAR even in the clear phases that are bound to have the first and last word is a bad sign.

Ultimately, when you find the technological way to make refereeing electronic as a whole, go to the next step. But they have not yet achieved this even in cars where human error is much more decisive than in the ball.