The lineswoman put her flag up as soon as Pulisic scored. She knew he was offside. But under the new rules, she's told not to flag. It's ridiculous.I think what we need to avoid is allowing VAR to change the way the game is played. If that Pulisic goal was allowed to go on because the lino didnt think it was offside then VAR did well. If it was allowed to go on because the lino wanted to flag but cannot because it was close and so has to let the move play out to be reviewed by VAR later then football has become an absurdity.
Yet how often do we see goals wrongly disallowed for offside because of the linesmen? I'm very curious why there's so much opposition towards VAR, as opposed to the sentiment that VAR has a lot that can be done to improve it. The implementation that they currently have is no doubt imperfect, with examples given in this very game via the dive that was not correctly overruled, but implementing a coherent revamp of the refereeing system was always going to be hard, with questions of how to supplement the decision-making of the officials on the field, without undermining the central authority that the referee is supposed to be.The lineswoman put her flag up as soon as Pulisic scored. She knew he was offside. But under the new rules, she's told not to flag. It's ridiculous.