What do Premier League fans think of VAR? A full breakdown of the Compare.bet survey results


A March 2018 survey of 2,000 UK football fans commissioned by Compare.bet found, despite negative sentiment surrounding VAR in the media, the majority of supporters are in agreement that Video Assistant Referees will have a positive impact on the sport. Here's a full breakdown of the survey results:

1. Which football team do you support?

Choice%
AFC Bournemouth1.00
Arsenal8.30
Brighton & Hove Albion1.85%
Burnley0.80
Chelsea5.50
Crystal Palace0.45
Everton2.30
Huddersfield Town0.90
Leicester City1.30
Liverpool11.95
Manchester City4.45
Manchester United16.40
Newcastle United4.25
Southampton1.00
Stoke City0.75
Swansea City1.30
Tottenham Hotspur5.00
Watford0.35
West Bromwich Albion1.05
West Ham United2.15
Another team22.35
I don't support a particular team6.60


2. When watching football, how many times per match do you find yourself disagreeing with a refereeing decision?

Choice%
06.00
1-340.40
4-627.10
7-99.35
10+17.15


3. Do you often feel you could do just as good a job - if not, better - of refereeing than most referees?

Choice%
Yes, definitely14.00
Possibly32.95
No53.05


4. Do you know what VAR stands for?

Choice%
Yes59.55
No40.45


5. What does VAR stand for?

Choice%
Virtual Analysis Referral4.28
Video Analysis Referee11.08
Video Assistant Referee75.06
Virtual Assistant Referee8.40
Video/Audio Reference0.42
Video Arbitration Register0.25
Something else0.50


6. Do you think a VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is positive or negative for football?

Choice%
Very Positive23.50
Quite Positive43.45
Neither good nor bad17.15
Quite negative8.15
Very negative3.75
I don't know4.00


7. Do you think wrong refereeing decisions make for good talking points during/after a football match?

Choice%
Yes, definitely30.15
Yes, somewhat56.95
No12.90


8. Do you think football would be missing out on a lot of interesting talking points or debates if refereeing mistakes were taken away?

Choice%
Yes, definitely17.80
Yes, somewhat52.25
No29.95


9. Which of the following scenarios do you think VAR has been the most helpful in reviewing?

Choice%
Goals57.40
Penalty decisions64.25
Direct red cards38.85
Mistaken Identity24.95
I don't know12.45


10. Do you think VAR should be used to review any other match decisions?

Choice%
Deciding if a foul merits a yellow card26.80
Spotting violent conduct like elbows or stamps55.10%
Deciding if a foul merits a free kick24.55
Determining which way a throw in should go14.15
Determining whether a corner or a goal kick should be given24.05
Punishing dives50.45
Detecting handball41.10
None18.70
Other0.50


11. Do you feel that on balance, your team has suffered rather than benefitted from refereeing mistakes?

Choice%
Yes, definitely15.65
Yes, somewhat40.80
No43.55


12. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? 'I think having a VAR on standby will make referees worse/lazier, knowing they have something to 'fall back on' when making decisions'

Choice%
Strongly agree6.95
Somewhat agree24.50
Neither agree nor disagree28.95
Somewhat disagree24.50
Strongly disagree12.05


13. Do you think protests from players ever influence referees to overturn their decisions?

Choice%
Yes42.85
No32.70
Not sure24.45


14. Do you think that VAR will eliminate the influence of players on refereeing decisions?

Choice%
Yes, definitely22.87
Yes, somewhat51.11
No17.74
Not sure8.28


15. Do you think that referees typically give more favourable decisions to the 'bigger' clubs in the Premier League?

Choice%
Yes, definitely21.10
Yes, somewhat38.75
No22.15
Not sure18.00


16. Do you think VAR will level the playing field for 'smaller' Premier League clubs?

Choice%
Yes, definitely20.72
Yes, somewhat50.29
No14.62
Not sure14.37


Which of the current Premier League teams has benefited most from favourable refereeing decisions?

Choice%
AFC Bournemouth2.20
Arsenal10.15
Brighton & Hove Albion2.40
Burnley1.75
Chelsea15.30
Crystal Palace2.25
Everton1.80
Huddersfield Town1.45
Leicester City1.60
Liverpool11.75
Manchester City15.50
Manchester United29.50
Newcastle United1.60
Southampton0.85
Stoke City1.15
Swansea City0.50
Tottenham Hotspur8.20
Watford0.70
West Bromwich Albion1.05
West Ham United1.00
None of the above6.10
I don't know44.75


18. Which controversial football moment missed by referees would you most like to go back and use VAR on?

Choice%
Maradona's "Hand of God" goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup56.85
Frank Lampard's disallowed goal for England against Germany at the 2010 World Cup41.45
Luis Garcia's "Ghost Goal" for Liverpool against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final in 200510.60
Sol Campbell's disallowed goal for England against Portugal in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals20.80
Thierry Henry's handball for France against Ireland in a 2009 World Cup playoff26.80
Josip Simunic's three yellow cards for Croatia against Australia at the 2006 World Cup8.00
Holland's Nigel De Jong's foul on Spain's Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup Final8.80
Pedro Mendes' disallowed 50-yard goal for Tottenham against Man United in 200512.30
Darren Bent's goal via a beach-ball deflection for Sunderland against Liverpool in 20097.50
Liverpool's Luis Suarez's bite on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in 201323.75
Holland's Ronald Koeman's foul on England's David Platt in a 1993 World Cup qualifier10.50
Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs being sent off for handball in 2014, despite the handball being committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain16.70
Man City's Ben Thatcher's elbow on Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes in 200610.80
None16.70
Other1.05


19. If VAR had been available throughout history, do you think the world of football would be very different?

Choice%
Yes, definitely26.90
Yes, somewhat48.90
No10.25
Not sure13.95


20. Have you ever shouted at a referee whilst at a live football match or at the TV because of a decision you thought was wrong?

Choice%
Yes - at a live match10.55
Yes - at the TV36.65
Yes - both33.60
No19.20


21. Do you think the stoppages caused by using a VAR are or could be detrimental to the game?

Choice%
Yes, definitely18.15
Yes, somewhat40.40
No24.15
Not sure17.30


22. Do you think VAR does or could have a negative effect on match-day atmosphere?

Choice%
Yes, definitely18.10
Yes, somewhat43.00
No25.60
Not sure13.30


23. Which sports do think have the best example of video refereeing?

Choice%
Cricket30.95
Tennis39.75
Rugby42.20
NFL9.90
Basketball6.75
Baseball3.80
None20.70
Other0.60


24. How easy or difficult do you think the job of being a football referee is?

Choice%
Very difficult41.45
Somewhat difficult38.85
Neither difficult nor easy11.65
Somewhat easy3.65
Very easy1.05
Not sure3.35


25. Do you think you could be a Premier League referee?

Choice%
Yes, definitely7.70
Possibly17.75
No74.55


26. In Champions League and Europa League matches, two additional assistant referees are positioned alongside each goal to watch for penalty-area incidents. Do you think this 'fifth official' plays an important role in making key match decisions?

Choice%
Yes46.00
No27.65
Not sure26.35


27. If VAR was in place, do you think having an additional 'fifth official' would still be necessary?

Choice%
Yes24.20
No45.70
Not sure30.10


Daniel Bennett
Daniel Bennett
Posted on 27th March 2018 12:27pm