Andy Robertson claims football’s "key values" are at stake in honest VAR verdict

Andy Robertson admits fans are at risk of falling out of love with football due to games being "constantly in review on a screen".

VAR played a major role in Liverpool's last game, intervening to award Brighton an added-time penalty after Robertson was deemed to have fouled Danny Welbeck.

The Seagulls equalised from the spot kick as the points were shared at the Amex, while the Reds also saw two goals ruled out for offside infringements.

Robertson – who showed his frustration over the penalty decision after the match – is concerned VAR is sapping the passion out of the sport.

"It's affecting the players, but more the whole game," said the left-back ahead of Liverpool's clash with Ajax.

"Even when fans are back in – they celebrate goals. I used to love going to football games and being in that moment.

"That's just taken out the game a wee bit. You're waiting sometimes two, three minutes to see if the goal is onside or offside."

Robertson added: "A lot of people that I've spoken to, aren't enjoying watching football as much as they once did. It is constantly in review on a screen… Football is a great game, which we fell in love with.

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"It's important we don't lose that fact. It's important to remember the key values of football."

To improve VAR, Robertson proposed more former professionals should have a say in the decision-making process.

"I do believe that maybe ex-professionals, ex-footballers, ex-managers, ex-referees should be involved in some of the decision making," said the Scot.

"There has been a lot of change in the rules in England in particular. I think [Kevin] De Bruyne said the other week he wasn't certain of the rules anymore. I think we all can echo that.

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"There are a lot of improvements to be made. We are 18 months down the line, and still the same mistakes are being made."

Robertson also insisted he can come to terms with the decision to award a penalty against him so long as there is consistency across the Premier League.

"I've got no problem with my tackle being deemed a penalty," said the 26-year-old. "But I was watching the games yesterday and seen two very similar instances that went unpunished [on Marcus Rashford and Adama Traore].

"For me, either all three have to be penalties or all three aren't penalties. I think that's where we are struggling a wee bit. We are just looking for consistency.

"We thought we would be getting that with VAR but maybe we aren't getting that just now.

"Too many games are passing by, with people in the studios still discussing referee's decisions, what could or couldn't have been.

"If that is still going to be a thing, then I would much rather leave it up to the referee's naked eye. It is much easier to accept mistakes then, rather than when so much technology is around it."

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