VAR has proved to be a massive talking point following its introduction in the Premier League this season.
And, according to a YouGov poll, more than two-thirds of football fans think the game has become less enjoyable as a result of the technology.
VAR has come under scrutiny in it’s inaugural season
1,396 adults who regularly watch Premier League football were polled to discover how people feel about VAR.
It found that 67 per cent felt matches were now less enjoyable following its introduction, while six out of 10 of those surveyed felt the system was working badly.
Its performance was scored four out of 10 on average. Neil Swarbrick, the man who oversees the system for Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), gave it a seven out of 10 earlier this season.
Despite that low average performance score, only 15 per cent of those surveyed wanted the system to be scrapped altogether with 74 per cent saying it should be kept, but modified.
Meanwhile, 81 per cent felt that supporters should see the incident under review at the same time as the officials see it, while 80 per cent felt referees should be encouraged to use the pitchside monitors.
Currently the advice to Premier League officials is to use these sparingly and trust in the guidance of the VAR, with a view to making a quicker decision.
Seventy three per cent felt it would help if supporters and television viewers could hear the conversation between the on-field referee and the VAR, and 71 per cent favoured a time limit being imposed on how long a decision can take.
The use of VAR has been widely slammed this season
Matt Smith, lead data researcher at YouGov, said: “VAR has undoubtedly left its mark on the Premier League this season, with almost every manager’s post-match interview featuring grumbles about its decisions.
“New YouGov research shows that not only do a majority of Premier League viewers think that VAR is working badly, they also say that it’s ruining their enjoyment too.
“But despite much social media hysteria, our research shows that a large majority of those watching the games actually want to see it reformed over a complete removal.
“In addition, many of the changes discussed amongst pundits and commentators poll well, with support for time limits on decisions and encouragement for more pitchside screen use.
“One of the major criticisms of the current system is that the spectator in the stadium is left in the dark while decisions are made and there is strong support for being able to see footage as it’s being shown to VAR refs, as well as hearing the conversation the referees and the video assistant referees are having.”
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VAR has created huge controversy in its inaugural season in the Premier League.
Some goals have been chalked off due to a stud or an armpit being offside, while it has caused delays to matches, with fans inside stadiums often unaware of what is going on.
There is seemingly a VAR-related drama every week and you only have to go back as recently as Sunday to see it unfold when Tottenham hosted Manchester City.
Sergio Aguero was brought down in the box by Serge Aurier in the 36th minute but Mike Dean gestured that the Spurs right-back got the ball.
Play was allowed play to carry on for over two minutes before VAR made a decision to award a penalty.
Lloris saved the penalty after it was given by VAR
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was also left raging at a different incident, when VAR deemed Raheem Sterling was not worthy of a red card for a dangerous tackle on Dele Alli.
He said: I love goal line technology because there is no mistake. The VAR has too many mistakes, too many.