VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE (VAR): Good or harmful to football? - FCNaija
Features By: Linus Onyeze | 18/01/2018
Antonio Conte was right. Referee Graham Scott made a ‘big mistake’ by not taking advantage of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) as Chelsea struggled to a penalty shootout win over Norwich in a third round replay in the FA Cup.Maybe it wasn’t so much of a ‘big mistake’ that he chose not to use the VAR before booking Pedro for that awful dive, but it was surely a monumental mistake not to have used the technology the penalty calls involving Willian and Alvaro Morata.Of course Chelsea won the game, but the discussion right now could easily have been different had they failed to beat Norwich. For all the criticism of the VAR, it has also proven a useful tool for referees – a typical case being Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal against Fleetwood Town just the day before.In his reaction to the incidents, Conte said: “If we want to use a new system, I cannot accept a big mistake. In this case, the Willian penalty was a big, big mistake. Not from the referee on the pitch, but from the person watching the game (Mike Jones, the VAR at Stockley Park).”The Italian manager said again: “The situation was very clear. I watched it and this is a penalty. Very clear. The referee took quickly a decision to book Willian.
So where then do we go with the technology? Use it or bin it?It’s really a tough one to say, with differing views on how helpful or not it has been to football and questions continue to arise on whether it has come to stay in football. Maybe it needs some time for people to get used to it, or maybe it is ruining the spontaneity.
VAR. Carnage! #CHENOR— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) January 17, 2018