Richard Keys furious as VAR issue forces Leeds United vs Arsenal to be suspended
Richard Keys was absolutely furious that the clash between Leeds and Arsenal was suspended because of a power cut on Sunday afternoon.
The game was suspended after just 23 seconds when a loss of power led to issues with VAR, goal-line technology and the referee’s communication with the match centre, leading to a 35-minute delay to the game.
But Keys simply didn’t understand why the game couldn’t just be played without it as it was up until a few years ago, and took to his personal Twitter account to vent about the situation.
“Are we so dependent on technology now that Leeds/Arsenal can’t be played?” he said.
“They’ve gone off because the ref has no contact with match centre. 40,000 are sat waiting for something to happen. This isn’t right. Just get on with it.”
While many match-going fans would have loved for the game to just be played without the use of VAR or technology at all, it just couldn’t happen.
The integrity of the league is compromised at that point, because every other game has the use of technology and if something had happened in this game that needed checking or confirming it could have a butterfly effect later in the season.
It was a brilliant game of football that Leeds deserved a point from at the very least but ultimately we didn’t get that.
It’s pretty crazy how reliant the game has become on technology though and the fans are always the ones who are thought of last, but on this occasion it’s fair to say it was a necessity.
A 35 minute delay wasn’t ideal but it got all the issues sorted and the game went ahead without a problem after that, and fans will be delighted they got to see a brilliant game despite the result going against us.