Celtic fans online are absolutely aghast tonight at Ian Maxwell’s ridiculous boast that VAR is not only working but “doing what it’s supposed to do.”
For many of our fans, that’s the problem neatly summed up.
VAR, giving every decision against us – every decision; not one major call has gone our way – in every game; the system working exactly as it’s meant to.
Maxwell and his defenders will claim that’s not what he meant; indeed, I’m sure it’s not, but when we’re involved in a controversy every week those comments stink.
“What we are actually finding is that we are spending more time talking about less wrong decisions than we had before VAR,” he said, and I challenge you to put that through Google Translate into as many different languages as you can and I bet you still don’t find one where that sentence makes even a tiny bit of sense.
What a great spokesman for the association he is.
It’s not like polished communication skills are part of a high profile job like that, is it?
“I understand that it’s been a high-profile introduction and it was always going to take time to settle in, as it has in every country it’s been implemented in. The challenges we are facing are no different to anybody else,” he said, a claim which Ange Postecoglou has already dismissed as ridiculous.
When almost every country has this thing, where’s the need for a settling in period?
The officials who work on it are either trained to the right standard or they aren’t.
He then stated that fans aren’t unhappy with the decisions overall.
“”I would disagree that they [fans] don’t think it’s working. I’d say they have issues potentially with the time it takes, potentially with the communication opportunities we’ve got within inside the stadiums – and those are challenges we need to face.”
None of those things concern the Celtic fans half as much as the shocking nature of some of the calls that have gone against our club since this technology was implemented and left in the hands of the people we already don’t trust in the slightest.
We were lied to over the Jota decision at Motherwell, blatantly and obviously lied to.
The system is being used against us.
VAR doing what it’s supposed to do, eah?
Yeah, that’s what we’re afraid of.