Sunday 20 October 2019

VAR hailed a success but it 'could take 10 years to perfect'


A view of the VAR system pitch side. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
A view of the VAR system pitch side. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tom Morgan

The Premier League has been warned by football's lawmakers that it will take a decade to extinguish all video assistant referee controversies.

However, despite countless complaints from pundits and fans over the opening two weekends, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) insists the technology is already a success.

Lukas Brud, Ifab's secretary, also defended the new accidental handball law which came under attack after Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte was penalised against Tottenham Hotspur.

On VAR's introduction, he appealed for English fans to be patient. "It will take time for people to get used to it, and that includes the officials," he said. "We saw this in other leagues such as Germany and Italy when VAR started there two years ago, there was the same kind of reaction. Now most fans in those countries just regard it as normal. We believe it has had a very positive introduction - speaking to other sports, they said when they introduced video systems it could take up to 10 years to perfect."

Brud added: "The original driver of the change to the handball law was to create more consistency, and to make it easier to understand, and so there is less interpretation by officials." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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