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Liverpool's Milner not too fond of VAR

It's split fans, players, managers and the media ever since its inception, but since being implemented at the start of this season in the Premier League, it's become even worse.

The use of VAR in the top league in European football has, let's be quite honest now, a mess. The paucity of experienced and quality officials in this country has made VAR look a shambles.

The way it has been implemented in the Premier League so far has led to attention being taken off the refs and officials making mistakes and now focuses more on the weekly shambles that is VAR.

But for James Milner, it's isn't just the incorrect decisions on a week-by-week basis that's a problem, he believes it's also killing the atmosphere as well.

Speaking in an exclusive interview in the Guardian, he said: "Yeah. It’s in writing. So we’ll go with that. It might just be the old school part of me but I think there’s still too much debate around VAR. Goal-line technology is incredible. Instant decision.

"Black and white. But it’s very hard to use VAR when you’ve still got opinions on the decisions and the atmosphere is being ruined. You score, there’s an explosion of noise and then it’s VAR. You wait. Is it a goal?

"I had the experience of a penalty the other week [when Milner scored a much-delayed last-minute spot-kick to win the game against Leicester]. That was a new experience as they’re debating if it’s going to be a penalty. I think there’s use for it – if we can improve it.

"But football is a game of human error on the field and in officiating as well. They have a very tough job and I’m all for making their lives easier – but not at the expense of the flow of the game. If the VAR took away controversy I’d back it 100%.

"But we’re still having discussions about VAR. I don’t think many footballers feel differently."

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