Conte and Wenger air video as­sis­tant con­cerns

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LON­DON: Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte and his Ar­se­nal coun­ter­part Arsene Wenger have ques­tioned as­pects of the VAR sys­tem af­ter it was used dur­ing their goal­less League Cup draw on Wed­nes­day.

The sys­tem re­viewed two penalty de­ci­sions, one for each side, dur­ing the first leg of the semi-fi­nal clash with 46-year-old match ref­eree Martin Atkin­son and VAR as­sis­tant Neil Swar­brick agree­ing that nei­ther in­ci­dent war­ranted a spot­kick.

Conte said he was “pos­i­tive” of the new tech­nol­ogy, but was frus­trated with the in­suf­fi­cient stop­page time at the end of the sec­ond half to ac­com­mo­date for de­lays caused by VAR and in­juries.

“For me, there’s dis­ap­point­ment about (not enough) ex­tra time,” the Ital­ian told Sky Sports. “In the sec­ond half, the doc­tor went onto the pitch twice and the ref­eree stopped for VAR, so you have to give more min­utes of ex­tra time.

“In Italy, some­times ex­tra time can be seven, eight or nine min­utes.”

Wenger ques­tioned the de­lay be­tween the in­ci­dent and the VAR re­view af­ter the sec­ond penalty ap­peal, fol­low­ing 27-year-old striker Danny Wel­beck’s tackle on 30-yearold mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas in the box, was turned down by Atkin­son at Stam­ford Bridge but re­viewed af­ter sev­eral min­utes.

“There were only two op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to in­ter­vene, the first one was straight away be­cause the ball went out,” Wenger said af­ter the match.

“But the sec­ond one for me it would look a bit strange... if the ref­eree is un­cer­tain maybe he should be able to block straight away.

“If there is no penalty, you give it to the de­fend­ing team, be­cause it looks a bit strange to go on for two min­utes for ex­am­ple some­times and then to come back... You can­not in­ter­vene straight away, it’s frus­trat­ing.”

The VAR sys­tem was be­ing given its sec­ond out­ing in English foot­ball af­ter be­ing suc­cess­fully tested in Mon­day’s FA Cup tie be­tween Crys­tal Palace and Brighton & Hove Al­bion.

Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn has pre­vi­ously backed the tech­nol­ogy to be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture in English foot­ball with a con­crete de­ci­sion on it’s im­ple­men­ta­tion yet to be reached. – Reuters

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