“The VAR (referee assistant by video) comes to football to give him greater justice and transparency to the parties and to try to end the controversies that existed throughout our lives “, was what those responsible for implementing it tried to install in our heads, making us think that the injustice in the arbitration decisions was going to end.
After what happened last night at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, where Boca Juniors was eliminated in the second round of the Copa Libertadores against Atlético Mineiro, on penalties after a poorly disallowed goal to Marcelo Weigandt, we have confirmed once again that the VAR has landed to bring even more controversy, to light the fuse even more, to denature the most beautiful sport in the world.
You can see that the referees never played a dive with friends. It is very clear to note that they have never competed, at least in an amateur way, to realize that the goal “Xeneize” did not have to be annulled, that Diego González was not taking any type of advantage after the free kick that led to the sacred cry of “Chelo” Weigandt.
The rules can be learned by heart, they can study it day and night. If both the Uruguayan Ostojich, in charge of imparting justice, and his assistants and those in charge of the VAR, surely give a theoretician, they will get a 10. They will have a perfect score.
But they have no idea how to interpret the rules. They will never understand that a footballer’s kneecap cannot take advantage, in an action, than two centimeters from a player’s body either. That checking five hundred times in a millimeter way does not make sense. That they went looking for ants.
It happens to other teams, too. T-shirts are not distinguishable here, although lately it is tending to favor Brazilian teams. Chance or causality? I do not know. I’m not very interested either, as a neutral fan who just wants to enjoy football.
However, I am interested in the fact that they are denaturing this beautiful sport every day, a little more. They are ruining it. It’s terrifying not knowing whether to shout a goal because the VAR, seconds later, can find the fifth leg to the cat and annul it.
“Perfect, VAR, thanks for calling me. A part of the knee was ahead, but it does not take advantage to contribute in the goal. The goalkeeper loses it alone. The goal is legal”, the judge should have answered.
Enough of attacking what we love the most. Enough of discrediting the Copa Libertadores every day, as Juan Román Riquelme said. CONMEBOL will end up being ignored. The fan will take his measurements. Soccer will stop being soccer. React in time.