Serie A Coaches Angry and Baffled Over VAR Decisions
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.”