VAR fail delays Premier League season opener between Liverpool and Norwich

Love it or hate it, VAR is here to stay. Or is it?

Making its debut in the Premier League, the video assistant referee has long divided fans and pundits with most grumbles aimed at the length of time it eats into match action.

But it wasn't the decision making process that delayed Liverpool kicking off the second half of their opening Premier League game against Norwich, it was the technology itself failing.

With Liverpool leading 4-0, the two teams prepared to lock horns again in the second period, only for referee Michael Oliver to delay proceedings with frequent gestures towards his headpiece.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Liverpool fans in The Kop unveil a mural declaring themselves 6-time European Champions before the Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on August 9, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (centre) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson (right) leaves the pitch after picking up an injury during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
The start of the second half is delayed after problems with the comms for the referee and his assistants during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
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Norwich City's Scottish defender Grant Hanley (L) reacts after scoring an own goal as Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino celebrates the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 9, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool's Divock Origi (right) celebrates with team-mate Andrew Robertson after his cross is turned in by Norwich City's Grant Hanley (not pictured) for the first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
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After several minutes it became clear the communications system between the match officials and the video referees, based in Stockley Park in west London, was faulty. At one point, Oliver even gave his earpiece to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to prove all he could hear was feedback.

Safe to say, fans on Twitter weren't overly happy.

The game did eventually restart, with telephones used as a backup should the game required the input of VAR.

Not only can we expected a season of uncertainty, debate and delays through on field decisions, we may now have to second guess the system itself.

Technology, eh?!

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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