Thierry Henry believes that the time it takes for VAR decisions is killing the “joy” of football.
Henry, who won the World Cup with France in 1998, said on Wednesday that he had no issues with the technology in general but was frustrated by the speed of reviews in comparison to other sports.
What I can see in American football, in rugby, in cricket or whatever it is, tennis, it’s instant.”
Henry, now the assistant coach of the Belgium national side, added: “With VAR, what I get annoyed with is it’s not quick enough. Then it’s still up to someone in a truck or wherever they are to make the decision, because VAR is only there to recall the situation.”
The uncertainty surrounding VAR, according to Henry, is preventing immediate celebrations.
“What we want to see is the game,” he explained “Another difficult aspect for me is that I used to score goals as a player. Sometimes (now) you don’t even know if you need to jump.
“Am I jumping? Am I celebrating? Am I not celebrating? It kills the beat of the joy of the game.”