UEFA President hits out at Mauricio Pochettino

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Dom Le Roy

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has hit out at every Champions League manager who failed to attend his special briefing on VAR this week.

VAR has become a controversial piece of technology over the past year, with its transition into the game we know far less seamless that goal line tech.

There have been some high-profile errors surrounding VAR, and it still has a long way to go before it is perfect.

However, of course to reach perfection the technology needs to be used regularly in competitive football to work out the kinks.

VAR is set to be introduced in the Premier League next season, a decision that may not have all managers smiling, including Spurs’ Pochettino who has been public with his criticisms.

UEFA held a meeting to discuss and explain their VAR plans this week, however, only five managers turned up, with the remaining Champions League clubs sending other members of staff.

Those in attendance were Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Bruno Genesio (Lyon), Thomas Tuchel (Paris St Germain), Eusebio Di Francesco (Roma) and Sergio Conceicao (Porto).

The UEFA President then hit out at those who didn’t show up, including Poch (SkySports): “With VAR we prepared a meeting with all the coaches from Champions League teams in Frankfurt on Monday and only five came.

“For me it’s not only a lack of respect for (UEFA’s head of refereeing) Roberto Rosetti and his team but the influence of managers is huge and if they complain about referees they should at least come see what the experts say about VAR.

“So no, they have no excuses anymore, especially the ones who did not even come.”

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