I Belong To Bale
- Jan 12, 2006
I do agree with you BUT what do you suggest happens if the referee asks for VAR to review a particular incident, but then the replay shows a different infraction?Agree. That game was a perfect example of how it should NOT be used. The replay should be only used in two scenarios IMO:
- To overrule the on-field ref if he has made a clear and obvious error. This does NOT mean whether someones nose hair was 1mm offside or not because that's not clear and obvious. This should be for things like:
- Off-the-ball incidents that the ref missed e.g. Zidane headbut, stamping, spitting etc.
- Dangerous play that the ref missed i.e. when someone flies in with their studs up at knee height but the ref doesn't see in full speed how bad a tackle it was and only gives a free kick
- Obvious handballs that the ref didn't see
- Blatantly incorrect offside decisions where there's no doubt about it
- When the ref thinks he saw something but couldn't be sure and wants to check it. But as mentioned above, the ref should have to request a specific incident they want to look at, they can't just go to VAR on the off-chance that something may have been wrong
For example, the referee asks to check if the striker is offside, but then in the replay he notices that another player in the corner of the screen has been tugging back the last defender. Is the decision just limited to a simple yes/no offside decision as that's what he's requested, even though there's a potential foul that he didn't see?
I don't really know the answer. I'm still to be convinced that VAR can be a success in a sport as fluid as football.