Former Republic of Ireland international believes that technology is ruining football’s soul and making it less attractive for everyone.
The ex-Chelsea striker, Tony Cascarino, thinks VAR is making football ‘rotten.’
Technology is being used globally since Russia introduced it in the 2018 World Cup. However, there has been so many criticisms when it comes to the handball rule and the explanation of the offside law.
The execution of VAR on Saturday’s tie between Liverpool and Brighton has sparked the most recent debates on the matter.
Tony Cascarino blames technology for making football less appealing.
“Of course I find it perplexing and difficult to explain,” he told. “Do I like it? No. Does it put me off football? Absolutely, at times.
“The game is beautiful, but unfortunately you are going to get that.
“I know a lot of my friends, and a lot of people listening to this show, who love football but don’t like the form of football today. They don’t like the product.
“I admire the technique, the physical condition of football is extraordinary, it’s beautiful, and the game is being played by teams who are very attack-minded; I love all of that.
“But the side of football that makes it rotten is this, what we are watching and witnessing now.
“I find we’ve lost the soul of the game at the moment, by the decisions that are being made.
“I say this a lot, but you don’t want to sound old school; but where we are in the game today, compared to yesterday, is a million miles away.”
When asked about Welbeck’s penalty for Brighton, he said: “Danny Welbeck said it was a very soft penalty, and that is the opposition,” he said.”
He continued: “If you want to make really stupid cases you could argue Danny Welbeck, as he stretches his leg, puts his foot up. That’s a stupid argument, because you want Danny as a centre-forward to try and get the ball.
“I’m seeing a defender who is trying to clear the ball clip the foot of a player. If you think that is clear and obvious as a foul, I am sorry – I don’t understand the game, I don’t understand football.”