Football has reached a point where every mistake costs the club millions. Worse still, if the mistake was committed by an official, like a referee or linesman. After last night’s controversial last-minute penalty, which knocked out Juventus from the Champion’s league and sent Gianluigi Buffoon into an all-out rage leading to his sending off after being three up against the greats Real Madrid, the debate of using video assistant referee technology has been sparked again.
Video assistant referee (VAR) technology has been used before in a number of tournaments and championships before, including the 2016 FIFA club world cup. Although this technology hasn’t really stuck since it is such a huge change in the nature of the game, but then again, a bad decision can also affect the game massively.
There are four procedures in which situations during a football match can be reviewed:
- Goals (whether there was a violation during the buildup)
- Penalty decisions – as we saw last night in the match between Real Madrid and Juventus, whether it was a foul or not in the penalty box.
- Straight red card decisions (second yellows cannot be reviewed)
- Mistaken identity in awarding a red or yellow card – perhaps the mistake most frowned upon by the supporters, sending off or penalising a player that was not involved in any incident.
The system has been criticised by many, including Zinedine Zidane in the past, along with Luka Modrić. Some people even saying that it is “creating as much confusion as clarity”.
We think that football has reached a point where, mistakes cannot afford to be made by officials anymore, especially since football has become such a lucrative business. Although we would not like to see the beautiful game of football being stopped every five minutes. So we reserve the use of video assistant referee only for very close decisions with a limit of usage per game to keep the game flowing.
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