UEFA president not a fan of VAR system

UEFA president Alessandro Ceferin.

President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Alessandro Ceferin, is not a fan of video assistant referee VAR system and has branded the technology “a mess”.

VAR was designed to reduce controversial decisions made by officials, however, it introduction has received mixed reviews from fans during the English Premier league season.

Testing of the VAR system on June 9, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Ceferin shared his thoughts about the technology saying: “I am 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. It is a mess. I don’t think the tolerance of one or two centimeters for offside, for example is enough.”

He added: “If you have a long nose, you are in an offside position. We will propose a change to the IFAB and also for our referees.”

Ceferin, however, insists that overturning decisions should be kept to a minimum during UEFA competitions.

A referee using the VAR system.

It has been confirmed by Mike Riley, Premier League referees’ chief that VAR made nine mistakes this seasons. He said the relevant authorities are considering making changes to the technology.

Article written by Stephanie Moore