Amazing Footage Shows What Referees Hear And Say During A VAR Decision
A 90-second insight into how a referee reviews a V.A.R decision might just change your opinion on the controversial debate as to whether officials should use the technology.
The Video Assistant Referee is supposed to liaise with the on-pitch referee to relay information on calls but the problems remain, why does it take so long and is the system really 'that' accurate?
Referees are so shit. VAR is badly needed- Ste Hoare (@stehoare) August 26, 2018
In my personal opinion, this summer's World Cup gave us a positive flavour of what this process can bring to the game, but Premier League clubs voted against V.A.R being introduced in time for the 2018/19 season.
It does feels like whenever an error is made by a referee of late, the topic of V.A.R resurfaces.
If you're a sceptic of this technology - or have criticised officials in recent months - then the following footage from Manchester United's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea might just change your opinion.
NBCSN recently broadcast a fascinating clip of what happened before, during and after Phil Jones brought down Eden Hazard in the area.
It just highlights how difficult the job of a referee is, and how positive an impact V.A.R has on an incident like this.
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This is what referees hear and say on the field during a VAR decision. Shown on NBCSN just now. pic.twitter.com/8CnGA4Iv2e- Para (@Paracelsus) August 26, 2018
Last season a number of countries embraced V.A.R, or at least decided to give it a go before the World Cup.
Italy made use of the technology and according to Calciomercato, referee mistakes were reduced by 85% because of the Video Assistant Referee, with 117 decisions being changed because of the process.
It certainly made a positive impact on those leagues, so why not the Premier League next season?
There will no doubt be another vote for it next year to decide if it'll be introduced in 2019/20, with last season's FA Cup and EFL Cup games trial running V.A.R.
Do you think it should be introduced in England's top flight?
Let us know in the comments.
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