Mark Halsey says VAR should not be making the errors it has been making after another weekend of it dominating the headlines.
The technology has caused controversy all season, but it is mistakes by the referees making the decisions that have been prominent in recent weeks.
There was even an admission from Stockley Park that Giovani Lo Celso should have been given a red card for an apparent stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta during Tottenham’s defeat at Chelsea.
They held their hands up, while the game was still on, that it was down to human error.
Former Premier League referee Halsey said these mistakes should not be happening.
He told talkSPORT: “It does hurt when you see these things happen week in, week out. It shouldn’t be happening. There shouldn’t be human error in the VAR room.
“Yes human error you can understand it on the field of play. It’s not good officiating.
“The buck stops with Mike Riley and his implementation of VAR. He’s written his own protocols and I have to say we have some terrific referees out there but they are under performing.
“I’ve always said good coaches turn average players into good players and good players into excellent players. That’s no different with referee coaches.
“We haven’t got the quality there, the coaching there to help these guys.
“We have some excellent referees that have retired who are not involved in the game and you have to ask the question why are we not involved in helping the next generation coming through refereeing at the top level?
“I feel sorry for the officials. They are operating under a management system and it is up to the PGMOL management that bring in all these protocols.
“It’s not difficult. What are they telling their referees? What on earth is going on at Stockley Park every weekend?
“We know Mike Riley and his assistant Adam Watts are there controlling what is going on. The buck stops with Mike Riley and something has to give.”
Halsey also offered a possible solution to the problem and thinks former Premier League officials should be utilised.
He added: “The on-field referee and doing the VAR is a totally different profession. To referee on that field and sitting in that room watching TV screens and monitors. It’s a totally different profession.
“For me, I would employ full-time ex-referees to do the VAR professionally and with a couple of players. It’s not always about the laws of the game. It’s about knowing the game of football.
“There’s too many guys involved in refereeing that don’t know the game of football. You’ve got an ex-player in there helping you because you are watching the monitor.
“You’ve got full-time VAR referees who’ve got nothing to do with or have any association with those guys on the pitch. They are not friends with them.
“I’m not saying they are looking after their friends on the field of play and don’t want to upset them and overturn their decisions but it’s a totally different profession for me.”