Serie A Coaches An­gry and Baf­fled Over VAR De­ci­sions

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MI­LAN (Dis­patches) - The in­tro­duc­tion of a video re­play sys­tem (VAR) for ref­er­ees was sup­posed to elim­i­nate doubts over de­ci­sions and al­low the foot­ball to take cen­ter stage.

The main talking-points from the Sun­day’s Serie A matches in Italy, how­ever, again cen­tered on ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions with VAR seem­ingly only adding to the con­fu­sion rather than stop­ping it.

That could make wor­ry­ing view­ing for FIFA which is hop­ing to use VAR at the World Cup in Rus­sia pro­vided the sys­tem, cur­rently in use on a trial ba­sis in a num­ber of coun­tries, is au­tho­rized by the sport’s law-mak­ing body IFAB. A de­ci­sion is ex­pected on March 3.

FIFA will have to ask how a sys­tem, which is still caus­ing con­fu­sion af­ter five months of use in Serie A, can be ex­pected to run smoothly in a tour­na­ment where it will be new to most ref­er­ees and play­ers.

IFAB told Reuters in a state­ment that it is “an­a­lyz­ing all live VAR tests world­wide to en­sure that, if VARs were given the green light... the in­volved ref­er­ees, video as­sis­tant ref­er­ees and other match of­fi­cials are ef­fec­tively equipped and pre­pared.”

It added that “it is the par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pe­ti­tion or­ga­nizer’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide ad­e­quate train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion for their ref­er­ees.”

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