Thursday April 19 2018
Refs 'surprised' by VAR scepticism

Former referee Paolo Casarin is “surprised and disappointed by the scepticism” on VAR and thinks other tournaments should follow Serie A’s example.

The video replay technology was implemented in Serie A and the Bundesliga this season, while La Liga and Ligue 1 are due to follow, but this week the Premier League voted to delay its introduction.

“Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli continues to use young officials who, aided by technology, make fewer and fewer mistakes,” wrote Cavasin in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“As time goes on, they also mature in their experience on how to judge quickly at the monitor, which is very different from doing it on the field.

“Confronting the experience of Serie A with the bleak predictions and scepticism of the other Federations leaves me surprised and disappointed.

“It’s almost as if they think having a wrong or unfair result is a value that cannot be removed from the sport.”

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