Hayes wants VAR in WSL football after Arsenal loss.

VAR needs to be introduced into the Women’s Super League says Chelsea manager says Emma Hayes. her sides 3-2 loss to Arsenal this weekend,

.Vivianne Miedema opened the scoring before Erin Cuthbert equalised for Chelsea just before the break

Beth Mead then scored a brace second half to put Arsenal 3-1 up. Pernille Harder’s goal for Chelsea in the 64th minute made for a tense ending.

Mead’s second goal came with controversy, with replays suggesting the attacker was offside. The ball played through to her by Mana Iwabuchi.

var the talking point

“They went 3-1 up, she’s two yards offside, but we’re not there with VAR yet,” Hayes told Sky Sports after the game.

“We should be demanding that. We shouldn’t expect lower standards for women’s football. We should demand that VAR and goal-line technology is part of our sport and as soon as possible.”

Hayes said the lack of technology means female players are treated like “second-class citizens”.

“I heard before the game that there was a conversation around it not being a priority because it’s really expensive but I think we’re selling our game short,” she said. “We have all got used to VAR and goal-line technology so I feel by not having it in the women’s game is like being second-class citizens.

United also victim of no VAR

There was also controversy during the opening match of the WSL season between Reading and Manchester United. The Red Devils won 2-0, but Royals boss Kelly Chambers team were denied a goal.

The incident occured when Manchester United were 1-0 up. Reading’s Brooke Chaplen hit the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box, with replays suggesting the ball had bounced over the line

“It was over the line, but there’s nothing I can do about it now,” Chambers said at full-time. “These kind of incidents just go to show how the top level of men’s football is so far ahead of the women’s game. Theirs is so much more advanced than ours.

“I’m sure it would have been picked up by goal-line technology, but we’re not quite at that level yet unfortunately.”

VAR, which was trialled at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. It made its debut in the Premier League in the 2019-20 season. Goal-line technology has been used in the men’s top flight since 2013.

Despite the controversy surrounding VAR and goal-line technology, the opening weekend of the WSL was deemed to be a success. Matches took place at main stadia such as the Emirates, Goodison Park and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Games were also broadcast on Sky Sports and the BBC

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