The video technology has proven controversial once again, with several decisions being given against the Cherries
Bournemouth would be 11th in the Premier League without the use of VAR this season, a new study has revealed.
Gary O'Neil's side entered the World Cup break in 14th place, having shaken off their poor start to the campaign and dragged themselves three points clear of the relegation zone, but have endured their fair share of chastening moments.
Indeed, particular ire has been directed at a string of controversial decisions given against them, leading to the interim manager and supporters openly expressing irritation with the video technology.
And now, an alternative top-flight table has laid bare the extent of VAR's impact on the club, with SunSport analysing the changed interventions at every match this term. So far, on-field calls have been overturned 45 times from 146 matches, with six goals awarded after reviews and 16 chalked off.
Several clubs would find themselves in different positions in the absence of the system, including the top two – Manchester City and Arsenal. Bournemouth, too, would be affected. In fact, they would be two points better off, with VAR seeing them lose two points and taking their tally down from a potential 18 to the current 16.
An overturned decision proved costly when Lloyd Kelly was penalised for handball at Nottingham Forest, while a similar infraction was given against Jefferson Lerma in the draw at Newcastle United.
Furthermore, a possible penalty appeal against Brentford's Kristoffer Ajer did not result in a penalty, while more recently, Jordan Zemura's arms making contact with the ball led to a spot-kick at West Ham United.
Elsewhere in the study, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea would move up a spot in the table, while Brentford and Aston Villa would both shift two places higher, into eighth and tenth respectively.
The study also shows that six other teams – Arsenal, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Fulham and West Ham United – would be lower down. Five sides, meanwhile, would remain in their positions, namely Southampton, Manchester United, Leeds United, Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The table without VAR would look as follows, with the difference from current positions shown in brackets.
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