Thierry Henry: “VAR kills the joy of the game”

Asked during the “Leaders Week sport business” which brings together from September 26 to 29 in London more than 3,000 of the most senior leaders of the global sports industry, Thierry Henry indicated that he was not opposed to technology in general, but that he was disappointed with the loss of time during viewings, compared to other sports.

The former French international (51 goals in 123 matches) felt that using VAR (video assistance to refereeing) during football matches was too time consuming, only increased controversies instead of reducing them and “kill the joy of the game”.

“In football we are always behind, we have so much to learn”estimated Henry. “What I can see in American football, rugby, cricket, tennis is that decisions are instantaneous”.

At 45, the Prime Video consultant said he was “annoyed with the VAR” because “He’s not fast enough. Then it’s always the decision of someone in a truck or somewhere else, because it’s not the VAR that decides. The VAR only recalls the situation”. The former Arsenal striker added: “After you score, you don’t even know if you should jump for joy. Am I jumping? Am I partying? Am I not partying? It kills the joy of the game”.

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