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22 Sep 2019 13:59:25
Ed01 can you make a profile on kai harvertz?

{Ed001's Note - added him to the list for you mate.}

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21 Sep 2019 22:04:13
Question for edd001, what do you think of ruben neves? Do you think he would do well at liverpool? Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - he is an excellent player but not really suited to the way we play.}

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21 Sep 2019 17:39:45
Just watched the Spurs game and Aurier had a goal ruled out by VAR because Son was offside in the build up. The linesman didn’t flag even after the goal went in so he wasn’t keeping his flag down to appease VAR. VAR then took over a minute zooming in and measuring the pitch to see if Son was offside, which they then said he was, by MILLIMETRES. Now I’m confused, over the past few weeks we’ve been told VAR will only intervene when there has been a clear and obvious error! To me, a player being I missing something here?

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21 Sep 2019 18:18:37
For offsides the rule is slightly different as they feel its black and white. However they have to first find when the ball was first played then check to see if they can put lines on the pitch to check for offside.
As I've said in an earlier post, they should let the linesman flag as previous, with the ref deciding whether to blow his whistle, I. e. if it looks like an immediate goal scoring opportunity let it play out. Then have a time limit of say 20 seconds. If it isn't clear give the benefit to the officials similar to umpires call in cricket.

21 Sep 2019 18:29:02
I pressed send too early, what it was supposed to say was ‘to me, a player not being flagged offside when he is a couple of millimetres offside isn’t clear and obvious error’! VAR needs to be more consistent because so far, it seems referees are just winging it and VAR is only intervening when they feel like it!

22 Sep 2019 00:11:55
I feel like a tart I don’t understand half these offside shouts. l🤦🏻‍♂️ Then waiting for a email from Downing Street to say yay or nay. Sunday league going to be mayhem.

21 Sep 2019 14:53:56
havent posted in awhile but thought i wanted to rant about VAR, as many others have, after watching the LEI vs TOT game.

In the PL, it is used for clear and obvious errors in 4 instances:

1. Offside
Incidentally, for this situation, the clear and obvious principle DOES NOT APPLY.
This is one of the most contentious part of the game and some calls are too marginal to call, while the current technology is not able to be so precise yet. Yet, VAR is being made use to make such close calls. Should it?

I rather it be used in clear and obvious scenarios such as WC 1990 Ita vs Eng whereby the former had a legit goal being ridiculously called off as well as another game in WC 2014 where the player was a mile offside yet the goal stood.

And also for offside, will it be reviewed when it doesn't lead to a goal? in the LFC vs NEW game, an offside led to a corner but the decision was not reversed. If the corner led to a goal, what then? It doesn't help esp. since asst referees are told to keep their flags down and let VAR do the job.

2. Penalties
How can the pull on Matip vs Newcastle be not be a foul? And that decision to stand after VAR review? even in Sunday league that would have been whistled.

3. Straight red cards but not 2nd yellow
I'll skip this for now.

4. Mistaken identity
If that happens, and none of the asst ref or 4th ref can point this out to the ref, then i would suggest the whole bunch are not qualified to ref at the highest level. You don't need VAR for this, just the 4th official with a TV screen, which already exist pre-VAR, can do this job.

I guess my point is, it costs tons of $ to have VAR. And it was touted to bring refereeing at the highest level to even greater heights. Yet it has done nothing of that but perhaps introduced even more confusion. So what's the point in this whole fuss? And now the PGMOL is going to use VAR to claim high standards of refereeing (which clearly isnt), what kind of ludicrous refereeing should we brace ourselves for?

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21 Sep 2019 15:36:17
Hi sgynwa, Very impressive post Sir! The "Klopp-Father" has just broke another Record concerning previous LFC Managers ONLY? He has the best points per game ratio for First 150 Games in charge at 61.1 Win % 2.09 Pts/ Game.

Second is KK 58% Win/ 2.00 points per game.
Joint Third with both IDENTICAL Records is Rafa and Houllier both have 54% win ratio and 1.85 Pts/ Game, then comes Paisley and Shanks who strangely after 150 games have an identical Win % at 52.7%, Bob has 1.86 Pts/ Game and Shanks has 1.8 Pts/ Game. I Wonder if Shanks and Bob are being Penalised because there first 150 games were when it was 2 points per win and not three at presently it is. And obviously they played 42 games a season in them days now only 38 games a season.

The "Klopp-Father" also as every one knows has the Highest Points total in a season last year with 97 Points.

P. S. Done six teams on me Fixed Odds first one down with Spuds done them to Win. Is it true they have only won Four out of last 15 Games in all Comps. That is "Boot out the Club" form! pity he never got the Man Utd job mind you there is still a Big Pudding there.

21 Sep 2019 17:41:00
SG, I think that VAR should only be used for clear and obvious errors but they can't be afraid to overturn decisions. If they don't overturn them as their worried it will make them look bad then there really is no point.
I agree with your point on corners, let linesman do what they did last year but players still play to the whistle. Otherwise you get scenarios like the one stated, and eventually someone will push it realising that offsides don't always get called, if doesn't lead to a goal etc.
As for offsides, or anything referred to VAR. It should be a 20 second timer, if it takes longer then that it isn't clear or obvious. An offside by a mm for instance is offside but shouldn't the doubt go to linesman/ attacking team as its onside to the naked eye?
I'd personally turn the system to a review based system, 1 each half for both sides keep it if correct, lose it if wrong.

22 Sep 2019 11:29:08
VAR absolutely destroying football giving a offside because a testicle is off is gone beyond a joke now I can’t stand it! It’s not been used correctly at all it’s killing the game for me!

18 Sep 2019 21:14:13
Hi Eds, really enjoyed reading your comments on VAR! Maybe the NFL could teach the league's how to properly implement video replays! Do clubs these days offer youngsters good career opportunities if they are struggling to break into football?

Thank you in advance, I hope you all are taking it easy!

{Ed001's Note - depends on the club. They do try and help them get qualifications at least.}

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20 Sep 2019 12:05:07
Thanks for the reply Ed, is that just up to GCSE/ A level or do they help beyond that looking at universities and apprenticeships?

{Ed001's Note - very much depends on the club, but some do yes.}

20 Sep 2019 22:19:46
video replays in the NFL take forever. no thank you.

21 Sep 2019 15:49:36
Thanks for the reply Eds! Have a good weekend :)

{Ed001's Note - the kids do have to do a full education programme up until 18, which is why it is difficult to get them in the first team on away games before that age.}

21 Sep 2019 20:59:54
Ahh okay, that's goods then! Still I think being in a full education programme is probably best more beneficial in the long-term to all players. Funny little story, my supervisor for my master's degree originally wanted to be a footballer, I think he was in one of the academies in the north west, decided he was rubbish as a footballer and did psychology at university. He's now a very well respected academic and was a really good supervisor! I was very lucky! Thanks again for all your hard work Eds, you always give fantastic answers and insights, I hope you have an excellent weekend.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate, you too.}

18 Sep 2019 14:04:36
ed001 what do you think about VAR for me this season all it has done is disallowed the 2 silly handball goals without it would not have happened. For me last night I thought it was a pen as soon as I see it then with the replay see it was a clear dive he leaves his leg back then dives before being anywhere near him so how is that not clear and obvious. All that I have seen this season is the Ref's seem to not want to make decisions and when they do and get them wrong the ref in the Var rooms just backs them. Just seems a waste of time.

{Ed001's Note - VAR is terrible, I have said it again and again it will never work while it is operated by match officials. Their sole goal is to back up the inept officials at the game and try and pretend those match officials make almost no mistakes. There are so many times it has failed to act on the most blatantly clear and obvious errors that it is a joke. But it is not news, it has been doing it since it arrived.}

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18 Sep 2019 18:39:47
I think you’re entirely right there ed. I’ve never been a big fan of the notion you should get ex-pros involved in these things (perhaps because it’s usually the likes of Charlie Nichols saying it and I just think he’s an over confident dope), but when i see Mark Clattenburg saying that that was a pen (not defending the VAR process but actually saying it WAS a pen), I’ve lost a lot of faith in the judgement of these fellas.

{Ed001's Note - Clattenburg is clearly clueless if he truly believes that. Anyone with an ounce of clue about playing the game could see how it was the forward initiating the contact and then diving. He should have been booked for cheating multiple times in that match, but got the decision his way all the time. The ref obviously knows nothing about playing the game as he fell for blatant dives repeatedly. It is embarrassing, but the establishment always sticks together in every walk of life. Whatever it is, they always back their boys and will always cover up mistakes and so compound the problem.}

20 Sep 2019 22:21:01
absolutely Ed. That should have been a yellow for simulation.

18 Sep 2019 13:21:58
Hoping by some miracle Kai Havertz wants to come to us. what a player and is a midfielder I think we are missing.

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18 Sep 2019 15:55:26
Agreed. I really like Havertz but he'll be crazy money.

If Man Utd want £150m for Pogba, Havertz will go for more, I reckon.

20 Sep 2019 23:09:19
ManU can want whatever they want for Pogba, but they're not getting 150 million for sure. The madness of two summers ago (the "Neymar" summer) seems to have piped down a lot. Teams have fresh memories of players that flopped after high prices paid (Coutinho) or players that are controversial and a nightmare to handle off the field (Neymar and Pogba) .

17 Sep 2019 11:29:14
Nice to see the S*N stoop to another low today, running a story about ben stokes that for me didn't need to be said.
TBH it's more the wounds for his mum that have been re-opened, as he wasn't alive when it happened! Bringing out this story and then having the headline read like it was a recent occurrence just shows the levels the paper (although i use that term loosely) will stoop to just to sell a couple more copies.

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17 Sep 2019 15:38:22
Disgusting, but doesn't surprise me.

17 Sep 2019 22:44:42
Stokes has come out and described that dirty rag as immoral and heartless. Personally I wouldn’t wipe my arse on that rag as It’s already full of rubbish.


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