Could VAR end up in High Court with a £150 million Premier League negligence claim?
Manna from heaven at the weekend for the critics of VAR.
A farcical situation at Stamford Bridge, with the hub at Stockley Park admitting they’d made an error half a hour after the original decision, arguably it didn’t affect the final result, unless that is the race for the Champions Legue spots goes to goal difference?
Up at Burnley, having had one goal chalked off by VAR, Bournemouth then saw another goal wiped out as VAR returned to an earlier incident, the sort of scenario that could yet cause a riot come the last day of the season if a relegation rests on it.
And finally at Bramall Lane, the Albion miss out on a, in my humble opinion and that of the entire Brighton fan base, a cast iron penalty and then were denied a straight red and the opportunity to play against 10 men in the closing stages.
A little bit more than teething troubles? Clearly a debate that will run and run, but as we get to the business end of the season, how many more weekends like the last will see arguably flawed calls altering results?
My concern in light of the events at Chelsea, what if on the aforementioned last day of the season, they make another error they admit to that results in a relegation? Will VAR end up in the High Court as part of a negligence claim, with a lost £150million on the agenda?
The unforgettable events in Las Vegas last weekend, when Tyson Fury completed his amazing comeback by regaining the world heavyweight championship by stopping Deontay Wilder in the 7th Round at the MGM Grand, created one of the greatest moments in the history of British sport.
And with it cemented Fury as one of the greatest sportsman this country has ever produced. I would argue, the greatest.
Aside from the sporting achievement, his whole back story makes the ultimate case to put the Gypsy King at the top of the tree. In his recent autobiography, Behind The Mask, Fury recounts his battles outside the ring, with drink, drugs and mental health.
Literally seconds away from taking his own life in 2016, his three year career hiatus mirrors that of Muhammad Ali, back in the 1960’s Ali’s inactivity came about over his refusal to fight in the Vietnam war, but ultimately both fighters arguably missed three of the prime years of their careers before returning to regain the title they never lost in the ring.
For me the events of the last few years out of the ring and his recent performances in it, culminating with Saturday night’s demolition of the purported ‘hardest hitter’ in the history of heavyweight boxing cement his place in British sporting history.
Like all great sportsman he will still have his detractors in this country, like Ali before him, over the years he’s probably said and done things he shouldn’t have. But that shouldn’t detract from the achievement, it probably won’t get him a knighthood, although I think it should, but in 50 years time, I predict history will put him close to what I stated at the top of the page.