Sir Keir Starmer
Sir Keir Starmer has expressed his support for the controversial video technology used to aid football referees.
The Labor leader said his legal background means that he “likes” the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) as he wants the right decision to be made.
Arsenal fan Sir Keir also insisted he remain optimistic about the prospects for the Gunners under Mikel Arteta’s management despite the fact that the north London team are tenth in the Premier League.
Arsenal fan Sir Keir says he likes VAR (Stefan Rousseau / PA) a lot.
VAR is intended to be used when the field officials have made a clear and obvious mistake.
However, it has been criticized that the system is being used too often and that those who operate it are under fire for interpreting the gaming laws.
Speaking to LADbible, Sir Keir said his two children and football were his “fantastic release” from politics.
When asked if he was for or against VAR, Sir Keir replied, “Oh, I like VAR a lot. That’s the lawyer in me.
“I really like making the right decision, although as always it depends on who is playing.”
Earlier, the Arsenal season ticket holder asked his opinion on Arteta: “Despite the results, I am optimistic and particularly optimistic about the result as we are currently struggling to get into the top half of the table, really new young players who are coming through.
“We have (Bukayo) Saka, (Emile) Smith-Rowe, (Gabriel) Martinelli, fantastic new players, young players breaking through.”
Sir Keir also said the Covid-19 pandemic had made his job as a Labor leader difficult.
Sir Keir says he is frustrated with the limiting impact Covid has on his work as a Labor leader (Ben Birchall / PA).
He explained, “Without being in town centers, in communities, in businesses where you talk to people up close and personal, and having the kind of conversations you would normally have without restrictions, it’s much, much more difficult.
“I feel like I want to take the mask off and open the throttle, and I haven’t been in about 12 months.”
Sir Keir, who will succeed Jeremy Corbyn as leader, said he looks forward to speaking to a live audience and meeting people in their communities.