Wednesday December 4 2019
VAR a mess, admits Ceferin

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has confessed that he isn’t a fan of VAR, calling it “a mess”.

Video assistant referees have been gradually introduced to football over the last few years, but Ceferin admits he doesn’t like the technology.

“It is a mess. I don’t think the tolerance or one or two centimeters for offside, for example, is enough,” he told The Mirror.

“We will propose a change to IFAB. And also for our referees.

“We don’t have many interventions in UEFA competitions because our chief refereeing officer, Roberto Rosetti, said to the VAR: ‘It has to be a clear and obvious mistake.’

“But nowadays it’s a different pressure. If you are the referee on the pitch, even though you have 70,000 or 80,000 people shouting it is you that has to decide - not a person hidden somewhere in London, Berlin or somewhere else.

“I’m not a fan. I was very sceptical, and I can say that I don’t like the outcome.

"Unfortunately, there’s no way back anymore.”

VAR was introduced to Serie A in 2017 and continues to be the subject of controversy and debate.

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