Thierry Henry: Former Arsenal Striker Laments on Use of VAR, Insists Football Still Has Much to Learn

Thierry Henry: Former Arsenal Striker Laments on Use of VAR, Insists Football Still Has Much to Learn

  • Legendary striker Thierry Henry has revealed that he feels frustrated with the time the Video Assistant Referee uses to make decisions
  • Henry argues that the joy that comes with football is lost when VAR is called into action
  • The former Barcelona and Arsenal striker compared the use of technology in other sports and football, and concluded that the latter still has a lot to learn

Belgium assistant head coach, Thierry Henry has expressed his annoyance with the use of the Video Assistant Referee in modern-day football.

Henry has opined that football still has a lot to learn, as stakeholders continue to grapple with the effects of using technology in the game.

Thierry Henry, Belgium, Arsenal, VAR
Belgium assistant head coach Thierry Henry. Photo by Koen Van Weel.
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The former Arsenal striker has argued that in as much as he is not against the use of technology, he feels VAR has drained the joy out of football matches.

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"In football, we’re still behind, we have so much to learn. What I can see in American football, rugby, cricket or whatever it is, tennis, it’s instant."
"With VAR, what I get annoyed with is it’s not quick enough. Then it’s still the decision of someone in a truck or wherever they are because it’s not VAR that makes it. VAR is just there to recall the situation," he said, as quoted by Football365.

VAR calls have always been contentious, with many decisions always taking time to be arrived at.

Henry might not have used VAR during his days as a player, but he does now as a football trainer. He will be tasked with helping Roberto Martinez lead the Red Devils of Belgium in making one last push for silverware with their Golden Generation at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Sports Brief had earlier reported that former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song has shown gratitude to his wife on her birthday after gifting her a multimillion dollar mansion in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The AS Arta/ Solar 7 player made the lovely gesture to his partner, Olivia Song, for being beside him through thick and thin.

Song played for several clubs in Europe, but his best moments came in the English Premier League when he played for Arsenal.