Technology has been a blessing to football though VAR antagonists will say otherwise. Since the introduction of VAR at the start of the 2019/20 season, it has formed the subject of discussion as stakeholders wondered if it is good for football or not. A lot of football fans have argued against VAR especially when it comes to offside calls.
If VAR was in existence over a decade ago, Jose Bosingwa won’t have gotten away with his foul on Yossi Benayoun. Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwawas lucky to end the Premier League encounter with Liverpool without a red card in 2009.
Jose Bosingwastamped on the back of Liverpool attacker Benayoun and the Portuguese international player was even able to escape without a booking from the incident. Had VAR operations began at Stockley Park, it’s hard to see how Jose Bosingwa would have gotten away with the kung-fu kick on his opponent.
The incident involving Bosingwa and Benayoun happened in stoppage time of the league game and the former was even awarded a free-kick. Bosingwawas given a free-kick by assistant referee Mo Matador. Matador believed that Benayoun was obstructing play in a bid to preserve the 1-0 lead held by Liverpool at the time. To make matters worse, Bosingwa was not charged for violent conduct since assistant referee Matador saw the incident.