The use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) upsets many soccer fans worldwide, but its role at the European Championship was far less controversial than during the 2020-21 English Premier League season, William Hill said in a report on Thursday.
The bookmaker generated a controversy rating for each of the 18 decisions overturned by VAR during the Euros with reactionary metrics such as tweet volume, text sentiment analysis and articles generated on the incidents.
The pan-European tournament produced an average controversy rating of 4.40, making it 14.39% less controversial than the Premier League.
Five of those 18 overturned decisions led to goals, six led to the awarding of penalties, three goals were allowed while six disallowed for offside.
There was also one goal ruled out for handball and two red cards as a result of the use of VAR.