Peter Crouch: I couldn’t believe VAR audio – just stop the game and make the right call!

Peter Crouch says he was stunned by the VAR audio released - and they still should've made the right call

VAR was brought in to eradicate human error, wasn’t it? But unfortunately humans are operating it.

It’s not like goalline technology where we just accept when it gives the decision.

This still involves people making errors – and there was a communication error with the Liverpool one against Spurs.

I couldn’t believe the audio when it came out – it’s one of the maddest things I’ve ever heard.

It’s like a bunch of kids messing around at home, talking over each other, no one knowing what’s going on.

Where are we with VAR now? It’s hard to say – until you can cut out human error you wonder what’s the point of using it?

There have been a few high profile errors, and we always seem to be talking about it.

I didn’t like the idea of it when it first came in, but have learned to accept it.

I still don’t think it’s better for the game.

The way the game stops all the time, the way players can’t enjoy their celebrations, I don’t think its been good for the game.

We probably are getting more correct decisions, but I don’t like the way it’s used. It’s not making the spectacle better.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Angel Dealbert Ibanez of Valencia CF challenges Peter Crouch of Stoke City during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First leg match between Stoke City and Valencia CF at the Britannia Stadium on February 16, 2012 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Replay no way

I can’t say I agree with the idea of a replay of the Spurs Liverpool game though because of the VAR mistake.

If you do it for one VAR decision there’s going to be other calls that aren’t correct.

Though what I think is the most ridiculous part of it is this idea that you can’t go back once the game has restarted.

Once it’s kicked off, has someone made a rule that, if you’ve made a mistake, you can’t stop the game and go back and correct it?

Isn’t that what we have VAR for? It’s absolutely ridiculous.

The decision was wrong. That’s what VAR is for. Stop the game and re-do it.

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