I’ve seen the “fans wont celebrate goals argument” several times now. It’s utterly preposterous. I’ll give $20 to everybody on this forum if fans suddenly stop celebrating goals.It’s the fan spectacle that becomes vulnerable. We’ll get to a situation where goals simply aren’t celebrated, because we’ll all be all too familiar with a VAR decision pissing on our premature jubilation.
It’s also hardly ensuring fairness. The Sheik Mansour team could easily decide to bribe officials in the VAR team to swing a decision in their favour based on some tiny technical infringement that took place 20 minutes earlier.
At the very least there needs to be a time limit. A decision within 30 seconds or the initial decision stands.
The disallowed goal v City was technically the correct decision. It was in our favour and I’m happy with that. But the long-term effect it has on the fan experience concerns me.
But as bad as that argument is, the bribery argument may be the single most ridiculous idea posted on an Internet forum. Sure, the VAR official can be bribed. As can the referee. As can the assistant referee. As can one of the players. Certainly bribing any of those would be more effective than bribing the VAR official.