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Keen Sunday League enthusiast insists on installing VAR at local pitches

Lee Satchell, manager of Recreativo Pale Males, wants the council to install VAR at his local pitches after they were introduced to the professional game

A Sunday League manager won’t allow his team to play another game until VAR is installed at his local pitches.

Lee Satchell, manager of Recreativo Pale Males, is insisting that the council use the incredibly expensive technology in the Westbury Senior Amateur League after it was introduced to the professional game.

Satchell, who is often seen walking around town in full kit with shin pads, but not football socks, won’t take no for an answer.


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We’re not sure if that has crossed the line

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We’re not sure if that has crossed the line

He said: “It’s an absolute disgrace. I demand that VAR is installed across all grassroot games immediately.

“How am I supposed to know if Big Trev’s header has crossed the line now?

“If the professionals get it we should get it. After all, without us there wouldn’t be any football.

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Spot the ball

“People can call me keen. People can call me busy. But at the end of the day I’m the manager of Recreativo Pale Males so the buck stops with me.

“Everyone goes on about how expensive it would be but I’ve worked out the costs already.

“I’d just need £100 subs from each player. You’ll get a free plate of chips and beans after the game with that, and a glass of orange squash.

“Or why don’t we get Alexis Sancho or whatever he’s called to pay for it. He earns £700,000-a-week at Arsenal so it’s the least he could do.

“Until then I regret to say that you won’t see Reccy play another game. It’s the only way to make the FA take notice.”

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