Hey look, a VAR determination we are able to (hopefully) all agree on.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was despatched off from Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace within the 67th minute for a nasty problem on Palace’s Max Meyer.
Aubameyang was initially booked for his late stab on the ball, however the video assistant referee intervened and upgraded the yellow to a crimson:
Aubameyang was late and he’s lucky Meyer’s ankle continues to be intact. No, potential outcomes shouldn’t be the outright foundation for laws, however any smart viewing of that problem renders crimson card appeals quite frivolous.
VAR has been beneath hearth for the reason that begin of its maiden voyage within the Premier League this season. We’ve referred to as for its refinement. We’ve additionally referred to as for its dissolution. The flashpoint incidents have concerned offside calls, with playing cards getting scant therapy.
Credit score the place it’s due, nonetheless. The system received Aubameyang’s crimson card proper, and Arsenal was lucky to pluck a degree from this match, particularly after Jordan Ayew’s equalizer that preceded the incident. The infamous “clear and apparent” standards applies to playing cards too, and that was clearly greater than a yellow card.
One of the best ways to think about VAR working right here is to match it to the NFL, which robotically evaluations turnovers, amongst different issues, and may change these calls within the course of. Aubameyang acquired a yellow card, VAR was robotically triggered, and after one other look it was upgraded to a crimson card. Sorry everybody, that’s soccer.
And that efficiency, pre-red card at the least, was Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. Structured, extra free flowing and harmful, Aubameyang scored the opener to cap a terrific build-up within the first half:
If Arsenal needed it to, that purpose (and maybe a victory) would’ve been the story of the day, and Aubameyang wouldn’t probably miss the following three matches barring enchantment.
It’s not VAR’s fault we’re speaking about one thing else.
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