UEFA President Hits Out At VAR

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has insisted that Video Assistant Referee cannot be scrapped from football, but admits the technology is in a mess.

VAR was introduced to reduce errors and guide referees to make correct decisions during games, but the technology has led to even more debate in the game.

The technology system is becoming unpopular among fans and pundits, as many have called for VAR to be truncated.

Ceferin has disclosed that he is not a fan of it, and measures to improve VAR, especially its contentious offside calls, is in process.

“If you have a long nose, you are in an offside position these days,” the 52-year-old told Daily Mirror.

“Also the lines are drawn by the VARs. So it’s a bit subjective drawing of objective criteria.”

“So our proposal will be - we will discuss this with our referees’ division - that it is a tolerance of 10-20 centimetres.”

“Second thing, we had at UEFA the top coaches two weeks ago, in Nyon. There was Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, and Zinedine Zidane.”

“All the top coaches of European teams, and our referee officer, Roberto Rossetti shows a handball. He says: ‘Handball or not?’

“Half the room said yes. Half said no. So tell me how clear the rule is. We don’t know anything!

“For example, let me think about the Liverpool game against Manchester City. Was that handball or not?”

The Slovenian also pointed out the fact that some of the referees waste a lot of time trying to arrive on decisions made my VAR.

“Some referees in England, they don’t even check,” said Ceferin, “In Italy they check for half an hour. You know, it’s a mess.

“I was never a big fan of this. Now these days you see that linesmen don’t even bother to lift the flag anymore. They wait, wait, wait.”

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