Premier League should ditch VAR say two-thirds of fans

Paddy Power's poll of Premier League punters has has given VAR a red card

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A Paddy Power poll has shown that a majority of football fans believe that the Premier League should scrap VAR (Video Assistant Referee) after a string of controversial decisions this season.

But almost a third of respondents think the technology should be persevered with.

In a survey of their Twitter following, which was answered by more than 5,000 people, the bookmaker discovered that 68% have had enough of VAR – believing the Premier League should stop using it, barely three months after its introduction.

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The under-fire system does retain some support, though, with a surprising 32% backing VAR – many blaming the humans controlling the technology, instead.

Paddy Power, meanwhile, make it 10/1 that the Premier League will stop using VAR before the start of next season.

Several respondents to the survey offered their take on how to get VAR functioning.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Mike Dean, all is forgiven. For all your OTT showmanship, at least you didn’t take four minutes to make a wrong decision. You make your instantly and with a flourish.

“The tide has well and truly turned against VAR, and a majority of football fans want rid of it. I’m sure we’d have absolutely nothing to moan about in terms of decisions if the Premier League did ditch VAR…”

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