Calculations Show How VAR Is Not Suited For Tight Offside Calls

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Calculations Show How VAR Is Not Suited For Tight Offside Calls

The decision to disallow Serge Aurier's goal against Leicester City yesterday after Heung-Min Son was ruled offside by the slimmest of margins has again opened up a big old debate.

Spurs thought they were two goals to the good when Aurier's deflected effort beat Kasper Schmeichel but when VAR checked the goal, Son was offside by about a millimetre in the build-up.

Leicester would then go on to come from behind and claim a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium courtesy of goals from Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison.


But the tightest of offside calls being given against the attacker when they have barely had an advantage as with Son yesterday, has prompted many to believe VAR is failing when it comes to offside.

Last month, following Raheem Sterling being given offside against West Ham, Twitter user @Dakeb_MCFC worked out that he accuracy for VAR is 19.4cm because of the distance between video camera frames when a forward is running at such pace.

He then concluded that VAR can only decide whether a player is clearly offside by about 20cm - anything less and we are talking about margins which cannot be confirmed.


The equations might be a bit much for Sunday and have you thinking like Alan from The Hangover in the BlackJack scene but a whole lot of people are in agreement with the point made.


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Topics: Spurs, Leicester City, Premier League, VAR

Josh Lawless
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