As Boring As Brexit?

Last updated : 10 September 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

Sky presenter and Hartlepool president Jeff Stelling has branded the debate about VAR as "boring as Brexit" just four games into the new Premier League season.

The Video Assistant Referee technology was introduced to England's top division for the first time in August, and has dominated the headlines since.

Some say it slows down the game and the atmosphere is killed at games because players don't know whether to celebrate after they have scored.

At the end of the day, the system is only as good as the people looking at the screen, and at least half of them appear to be too frightened to give a controversial decision.

"It hasn't changed (our coverage) too much, everybody just finds it frustrating," Stelling told PA. "It was meant to improve the game and one thing is for sure, as of now, it has not improved the game.

"Sometimes you groan and think 'we don't want to talk about VAR again, it's boring.'

"It's as boring as Brexit! People pick up their papers and it's bloody Brexit again, and people pick up their back pages, or turn on Soccer Saturday and it's bloody VAR again.

"You want to talk about something different."