Stockley Park was hit by a fire alarm on Sunday before the Premier League game between Wolves and Burnley.
Gary Lineker revealed on the BBC just before the noon kick-off that an alarm went off at the West London VAR hub, wondering if the controversial technology would be available in the early stages of the game.
However, it is clear that everything is back to normal with VAR declaring a Matej Vydra goal offside and being fully operational ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham.
A fire alarm reportedly went off in Stockley Park shortly before Wolves and Burnley took off
However, the technology at the VAR headquarters is now considered fully operational
Lineker said, “Apparently I hear the fire alarm went off in Stockley Park, so VAR – we don’t know yet – may not be operating, especially for the first few minutes.”
The Match of the Day presenter then joked, “Rumors that David Moyes was seen outside with a box of matches are grossly exaggerated at this stage!”
Fellow expert Danny Murphy added, “That’s not good news, that’s phenomenal news,” about the prospect of a game without VAR.
West Ham manager Moyes was exasperated by the VAR-backed decision to send defender Fabian Balbuena in a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Balbuena in the center half cleared the ball before his shoe caught Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell – seemingly accidentally – on the follow-up.
Referee Chris Kavanagh checked the pitchside monitor and after watching several slow-motion replays, the Paraguayan showed a straight red card, much to Moyes’ disgust.
A fan jokingly photoshops a photo of Moyes smiling at a photo of a burning building
Lineker and former Arsenal forward Ian Wright also criticized the post-game decision.
One fan posted a Photoshopped photo of Moyes smiling in front of a burning building, while Paddy Power tweeted criticizing VAR.
Their report read, ‘Some reports suggest it’s just a fire alarm, others say it’s the’ we’re totally screwing up the game of football. ‘ More to follow. ‘