Love it or loathe it, VAR has become THE talking point of World Cup 2018. Maybe modern technology is finding out what every man and woman in the middle already knows - it's not easy being a ref.

Football was always going to take some convincing about the merits of the Video Assistant Referee, and now that VAR is a reality in Russia, fans and commentators have been casting their views on the new technology. We'll put Alan Shearer down as a 'maybe'...   Well that’s the closest I’ve been to swearing on live TV! What I really wanted to say is that VAR is complete and utter bollocks!! #IranPortugal #VAR #RussiaWorldCup2018 — Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) June 25, 2018   Here's our take on the reaction of fans to VAR in the first ten days of

the World Cup. If you thought everybody would hate it, you're right, sort-of; 70 per cent of fan reaction so far has been negative. But some fans find the drama of a VAR decision exciting, others feel that having a rant against a machine is not much different from the good old days of ref-bashing. The results of our first study are for all group matches up to 25 June. It will be interesting to see if there are further signs of acceptance of VAR over the course of the tournament. If the knock-out stages throw up a critical VAR decision, we'd… read more »