Use of Virtual Assistant Referee Criticised

A former premier league referee, Keith Hackett, has questioned the use of Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) after the technology has led to biased, critical decisions during the 2019/2020 opening fixtures, especially that which allowed a Manchester United goal when playing against Liverpool FC. This comes after Mike Riley, who is the Premier League chief referee, admitted that in September, there were four erroneous VAR decisions raising questions on the reliability of this new technology.

The VAR was introduced in the Premier League at the start of the 2019/20 season after member clubs voted unanimously back in 2018 to have the system introduced. The VAR will be used to monitor all the 380 premier league duels but will be used to only review missed incidence and clear errors in the following match-changing situations; penalty decisions, direct red card situations, goals, and in cases of mistaken identity.

Boost for Manchester United as Target Agrees Move

Manchester United have received a boost after Real Madrid star Isco admitted that he would like to swap Spanish La Liga for a move to the Premier League. Manchester United are believed to be leading the race for the midfielder’s signature; however, they face competition from their city rivals Manchester City, Arsenal, and Tottenham, who are also considering snapping up the attacking midfielder. With Manchester United in dire need of an attacking midfielder, it’s important to wait and see which Premier League team will be willing to pay the transfer fee for the player.

Isco has fallen out with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane after the Spanish international has failed to perform in recent years when given a chance on the field. Pundits believe that he is no longer in the plans of the manager. If a move to the Premier League matures, Isco needs to prove his worth after the player was selected among the 30 best players in the world after the conclusion of the 2017 season.