FIFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina says the governing body will remain committed to VAR, despite needs for ‘improvement and development’… as Antonio Conte claims the technology is NOT being used in the ‘right way’ after penalty drama at West Ham
- FIFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina says they are committed to using VAR
- The technology caused controversy in the Premier League’s midweek games
- Spurs were denied a penalty during their 1-1 draw with West Ham on Wednesday
- Antonio Conte claimed the technology was not being used in the ‘right way’
- Collina says VAR has definite needs for ‘improvement and development’
FIFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina has reiterated the governing body’s commitment to VAR despite continued controversy over the technology.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte became the latest high profile figure to slam VAR after his side were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw against West Ham on Wednesday night.
‘I think in England it is better to cut off VAR – for the crowd but also for us,’ Conte said.
FIFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina has reiterated the governing body’s commitment to VAR
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte said the technology is not being used in the ‘right way’
Spurs had a penalty decision overturned by VAR during their 1-1 draw with West Ham
‘For me, for my players, for every coach, every player at all the clubs, you accept the referee’s decision is positive or negative because these are human mistakes.
‘In England, I spoke with the other managers and no one is happy about this situation.
‘In England they have to learn much more to use the VAR in the right way. You have to study very well and be more accurate. If there is VAR, you have to utilise it in the right way.’
But FIFA’s head of referees Collina – on the six year anniversary of VAR – is adamant the controversial technology is here here to stay.
Harry Kane’s header looked to strike the arm of Aaron Cresswell – but VAR judged otherwise
The players were left in anticipation for four minutes as VAR came to a decision
‘FIFA, in line with the President’s Vision 2020-2023, continues to harness technology to assist the referee and make the game we love fairer and more transparent,’ said the Italian.
‘Improvement and development are two key stages for us. That is why we are also working on new grounds.
‘For example: the future implementation of VAR Light – a system using a smaller number of cameras to suit leagues and competitions with smaller budgets – in the coming months will further increase the exposure to VAR across the world.
‘At the moment some trials are ongoing. The tests are going well. And we are considering something which is even easier to use and less cost intense.
‘Everything with the aim to allow the use of the technology by a larger number of FIFA member associations.’
Collina was named was named FIFA’s ‘Best Referee of the Year’ six consecutive times
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