sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: I fear the VAR effect could put racing in an awkward place ... trends now

sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: I fear the VAR effect could put racing in an awkward place ... trends now
sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: I fear the VAR effect could put racing in an awkward place ... trends now

sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: I fear the VAR effect could put racing in an awkward place ... trends now

I can only sympathise with my colleagues who present football at this moment in time. Every post-match debate these days seems to be dominated by VAR, with decisions analysed, stripped down and replayed over and over again.

When I was in such a position, I found debates about refereeing tedious. We are all involved in sport, whether as broadcasters, pundits or spectators, because we love the action that unfolds in front of us — nobody wants to be bogged down with controversy.

I thought VAR would be good for football but that just hasn’t been the case. It’s sucking the life out of top-level games and I can’t tell you how different it was to be at St Mary’s on Wednesday, with no VAR, and be able to celebrate with spontaneity when Kyle Walker-Peters scored for the Saints against Bristol City.

That’s what it’s all about!

Compare that to what happened with Newcastle on Tuesday in Paris. I felt so sorry for their team and fans as the hours that followed resulted in a focus on freeze frames, every little movement checked to see whether Tino Livramento had done anything wrong. We all knew he hadn’t.

I can only sympathise with my colleagues who present football at moment because of VAR

I can only sympathise with my colleagues who present football at moment because of VAR

Every post-match debate these days seems to be dominated by VAR, with decisions analysed, stripped down and replayed over and over again

Every post-match debate these days seems to be dominated by VAR, with decisions analysed, stripped down and replayed over and over again

I thought VAR would be good for football but that just hasn’t been the case unfortunately

I thought VAR would be good for football but that just hasn’t been the case unfortunately 

All this got me thinking about racing, for on the same day, some unwanted history was made. Mixedwave — a three-mile chaser, trained by Pam Sly —became the first horse to be disqualified after winning a race due a breach of whip rules by his jockey, Alex Edwards.

Mixedwave finished first past the post at Market Rasen last Thursday. But, in a subsequent review by the British Horseracing Authority five days later, it was determined that Edwards had exceeded the permitted number of strikes (seven) by nine. Edwards was banned for 24 days.

This is the first time a jockey’s transgression has resulted in a horse losing a race — but this is not the first time a jockey’s overuse of the whip has led to

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