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Sky Sports' Martin Tyler Highlights One Massive Flaw With VAR

Sky Sports' Martin Tyler Highlights One Massive Flaw With VAR
By Arthur James O'Dea
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Odds are, Sky Sports' Martin Tyler has featured in many of your most memorable Premier League moments.

For Manchester City (or anyone but Manchester United) fans, the "Aguerooooooooooo" accompaniment to City's title-winning goal in 2012 has shaped how many have come to remember that momentous end to their barren run.

A stylistic choice that he has made frequent use of; Sylvain Wiltord, Emile Heskey and Andriy Arshavin have all at one time or another received the "Aguerooooooooo" treatment.

However, the 72-year old commentator is worried.


With the introduction of a Video Assistant Referee system to English football, Tyler is concerned that commentators such as himself may be hindered in a previously unforeseen manner.

Speaking to the Mirror, Tyler suggested that he isn't sure "if you can shout 'Aguero' when VAR is in place. If you know that every goal is going to be analysed for validity that will always be in your mind."

A knock-on effect of a technological advance that few will have considered, Tyler is concerned that both fans watching from home, and those gathered in the crowd, are going to be forced to "wait" for clarification.


Opening up on his own unique perception how he watches a game as a commentator, Tyler described how the change will impact viewers in a practical manner:

If I think a goal’s offside I look for the linesman. Now I can’t look because it’s being judged not even in the stadium. I’ll be interested to see whether VAR has an affect on commentary because we won’t be certain about things, we won’t be certain about anything because it’s all being re-refereed as the game goes along.

And we’re not hearing. I would probably not feel like this if we were allowed to hear. In rugby you can hear it and in cricket you can even hear it in the ground.

While he has no worries for the game of football at large, Tyler does have a way that Mike Reilly and the committee behind this new development can see the problem off before it develops:

I would ask Mike Riley to deeply consider involving the commentators in the process so we can, not be a mouthpiece for them, but so we can understand and let the viewers know.

I’m not against VAR, it’s a process I think we need to go through. It may work, it may not. But we should be part of it like in other sports and I cannot for the life of me understand why football is putting up this barrier.

A man whose viewing experience will be second to very few, perhaps the powers that be ought to listen to a man that has seen more football first-hand than most of us can imagine.

See Also: Jamie Carragher Destroys Phil Neville On Instagram

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