FA Chief Exec: “VAR got it wrong”

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According to Sky Sports FA chief executive Martin Glenn has admitted the video assistant referee (VAR) was wrong to rule out our first disallowed goal in our FA Cup victory over Rochdale on Wednesday.

Argentine forward Erik Lamela scored for Spurs at Wembley, but the goal was then chalked off for an alleged foul by Fernando Llorente following lengthy consultation between the VAR and referee Paul Tierney.

Mauricio criticised the use of VAR after the game, saying it was “complicated” and made it hard to “focus on the game”.

The guidelines for the use of VAR say they should only intervene if the referee has made a ‘clear and obvious’ error, however Glenn believes this was not the case.

He said: “What happens early on, and we saw it in Italy and Germany, the VARs are so desperate to get everything right and support their colleagues on the pitch, they’re probably calling out too many things.

He added: “We saw that in the Rochdale – Spurs match. The disallowed first goal for Spurs wasn’t clear and obvious in my view and was probably, well, was a mistake and should not have been called out.That’s fine, let’s admit mistakes. It’s a test. Good, we learn from it.”

The article adds that Glenn acknowledged the system – which has been trialled in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup this season – needs tweaking.He said: “We have to speed up reviews and, linked to that, the communication to the crowd has to be better because people aren’t really sure what’s going on.

He added: “More importantly, we need to be much more comfortable about what is a clear and obvious error.”

Following the decision yesterday to give VAR the go ahead , a statement from the Premier League said they are “open to considering new technology that assists match officials without disrupting the flow of the game” and the article says that Premier League clubs will discuss the use of VAR at a meeting next month.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not VAR that got it wrong. It’s the bloke in a studio in Slough who imagined he’d seen a foul. If anything it shows the incompetence of some officials which is why it’s needed even more. A simple solution is for the referee to make the final decision by viewing it pitch side as in Italy.

  2. Its like bloody BREXIT. Some ‘dips’ put the thing in place but no sod knows what’s going on or how to implement it !!!!!!!!!!

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