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Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

I didn't want to talk about VAR. I love football and I love celebrating all that is good about it but, really, I have no other choice. 

I don't love VAR and, as it stands, I can't see anything good about it.

Before people jump on my argument, I know it works as a system — 100 per cent of the incidents referred and reviewed this season have been proven correct under the letter of the law. 

The more an image is analysed at Stockley Park, the more likely you will find something to be wrong.

This infuriates me. Football was a beautifully imperfect game but now television cameras are trying to make it perfect. 

VAR really shouldn't be used to tell us whether someone's armpit or toe is offside. The more this continues, though, the more it is going to ruin things. 

Molineux stands still as officials review Ruben Neves' wonderstrike against Manchester United

Molineux stands still as officials review Ruben Neves' wonderstrike against

Gabriel Jesus protests after referee Michael Oliver disallows his late goal against Tottenham

Gabriel Jesus protests after referee Michael Oliver disallows his late goal against Tottenham

VAR has taken a lot of flak since making its debut in the Premier League earlier this month

VAR has taken a lot of flak since making its debut in the Premier League earlier this month

I watched Wolves play on Monday. The goal Wolves scored was glorious and you could see from the way everyone on their bench reacted that it was something they had worked on to get Ruben Neves in that position. He provided the wonderful finish from 20 yards.

There wasn't one flicker of complaint from United's players, not a murmur from the coaches. But then Jon Moss signals a possible offside is being examined against Joao Moutinho — the only possible part of his body that could have been infringing was his finger or hand.

And in that moment, the atmosphere fizzled out. Thank God it wasn't ruled out, though they certainly examined enough angles to see if there was an issue. It would have been an absolute joke had it been disallowed.

Not that it mattered. The delay in determining whether Neves's goal was OK led to a weird tension at Molineux and it really brought home the fact that everything we knew about the game in terms of goals and celebrations has been changed — and not for the better. It is becoming a huge problem.

There were no complaints from United players but referee Jon Moss still had VAR check offside

There were no complaints from United players but referee Jon Moss still had VAR check offside

We watch and play football for that one moment of ecstasy: when the ball hits the back of the net. We don't tune in to see how coaches employ tactics and we don't pay money to see how a team sets up —everything is about goals, the sheer unadulterated joy of that breakthrough.

It used to be that a little glance over your shoulder at the linesman or the referee would be all you needed for confirmation but now it feels like every possible situation is checked before you know you are in the clear. That pause, that element of doubt is killing our enjoyment.

I never cared if a goal was scored and it came with an element of doubt. If VAR had been around in 2006, I would have scored in an FA Cup final — I was called offside against West Ham — but if I gained that one, how many others in my career would have been ruled out?

Jesus (R) wheeled off in celebration, not realising the goal was about to be ruled out by VAR

Jesus (R) wheeled off in celebration, not realising the goal was

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