Football Governing Body Meeting To Re-Evaluate The Use Of VAR In Decision Making

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will be meeting in February 2020 to discuss the use of VAR in games after the Premier League experienced 5 games over the weekend having goals withdrawn.

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International Football Association Board (IFAB) will be reviewing the use of VAR and its influence on decision making in the Premier League in February 2020 amid heavy criticism that the technology has become too forensic
International Football Association Board (IFAB) will be reviewing the use of VAR and its influenc eon decision making in the Premier League amid heavy criticism that the technology has become too forensic . Picture Courtesy OF Isl eOf Wight County Press

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will be meeting in February 2020 to discuss the use of VAR in games after the Premier League experienced 5 games over the weekend having goals withdrawn.

Since its introduction in the Premier League VAR has been the thorn in the side of many managers, players and fans alike.

Many have come out heavily criticizing the technology as killing the spirit of the game.

General Secretary for IFAB has already come out stating that the VAR is being utilized in the wrong way.

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He has come out condemning the way it has been used in the Premier League saying that the technology was not meant to be used as a “forensic”.

VAR was introduced to help support “clear and obvious” decisions and was not meant to be used to try to find minute faults.

the football association general secretary came out saying:

“Clear and obvious still remains — it’s an important principle,”

“There should not be a lot of time spent to find something marginal.”

“If you spend minutes trying to identify whether it is offside or not, then it’s not clear and obvious and the original decision should stand,”

“In theory, 1mm offside is offside, but if a decision is taken that a player is not offside and the VAR is trying to identify through looking at five, six, seven, 10, 12 cameras whether or not it was offside, then the original decision should stand.”

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This past weekend alone saw 5 teams in the Premier League having goals taken away because of VAR intervention, namely Sheffield, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Norwich and Wolves.

High profile managers such as Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola have come out against VAR use, calling it “a big mess”.

Hopefully, the VAR debacle will be sorted out when the IFAB meet up in February 2020 with the new guidelines being introduced next season.

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