Premier League fans losing £2.7MILLION per season because of VAR – but how has your club been affected?

VAR is costing Premier League fans across the country more than £2.7MILLION over a season, according to latest figures.

A study by Compare.bet using data provided by Opta has determined the use of a video referee cuts already slim playing times in the Premier League down by almost 90 seconds.

Premier League games with goals disallowed by VAR are shortened by a time of 1 minute and 24 seconds on average, meaning fans are getting less goals and less actual football for their money.

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VAR is costing football fans money as it eats into in-play action
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The average playing time of a Premier League game is just a mere 59 minutes and 54 seconds, meaning more than a third of the 90 minutes pay good money for actually offers no football whatsoever.

Using the data provided by Opta, Compare.bet made their calculations based on a season ticket being priced at £750, with the average attendance of 39,372 to determine their calculations.

Manchester City fans witness more in-play action than any other club in the country, averaging over an hour per game based on data used from the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.

However, Everton and Southampton fans are unfortunate enough to barely just see more than 53 minutes per game.

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Manchester City fans are treated to the most in-play action, but Everton and Southampton fans can feel hard done by
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In terms of consistency, it is Burnley fans who have the most to feel aggrieved about as three of the five shortest in-play totals from this selected time period featured the Clarets.

At the other end of the spectrum, Liverpool fans are the safest bet for a good game. Since the start of the 2018/19 season, the Reds feature in three of the top five – even managing a whopping 69 minutes of action against Sheffield United in January 2020.

While the officials at Stockley Park have to take some blame, the on-pitch officials are not completely without fault.

Studies prove Lee Probert is involved in games averaging just 53 minutes – minuscule compared to the 58 minutes Andre Marriner averages.

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Ties officiated by Andre Marriner average a whopping 58 minutes
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During an official YouGov survey of 1,397 UK football fans at the start of May, 67% of fans wanted to see officials add on more time to compensate for lost in-play action.

As well as a stop clock as seen in the NFL or rugby, fans also suggested banning substitutions after 85 minutes, only allowing captains to speak to the referee, five minute sin-bins for time wasting and banning players from taking the ball to the corner flag to preserve leads.


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