ONFEDERATIONS CUP 2017
V.A.R at work ,FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP RUSSIA 2017
The video assistant referee is a new technological advancement proposed by the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA), in order to better the game of football, render it or more transparent, and reduce or practically eliminate errors from match officials as well as eliminate all player misdeeds and other misconducts during the 90minutes of an official football game. (The Beautiful Game)
President Gianni Infantino and his colleagues while sitting in a meeting earlier this year, granted for this technology to be tested during the Russian confederations cup 2017 in order to ready fans, pundits and critics for its appearance in the world cup come June-July 2018.
The introduction of this technology has been influenced greatly by the array of numerous scandals, player, team and match officials misconduct in various parts of the world but Europe in particular. Notably the Paris St Germain vs. futbol club Barcelona UEFA champions league game(6-1 in favor of FC Barcelona and a Penalty refusal for PSG plus award of penalty for Luis Suarez dive) whereas the referee was sanctioned for not taking clean and fair action, he was still able to maintain his job.
V.A.R is thus essentially out to wipe out these natural lapses in the football game. The V.A.R actually is an electronic console or studio containing a host of computers and editing tech plus video technicians, who essentially are also match officials they are in charge of reviewing the game as well as provide insight and guide the referees. They operate, by observing and informing via microphones and can be called upon anytime within the game of football for clarifications and as well stop the game at their convenience to inform officials. (MEXICO VS NEW ZEALAND Boxall and Juan Araujo yellow cards)
But the general tendency nowadays, particularly after the announcement of these changes is: Won’t this innovation be the end of football as we naturally know it?
V.A.R was able to answer these critics during the confederations cup, by penalizing a lot of fake foul plays and unwanted challenges, as well as non-legal goals and actions in most cases the natural referee wasn’t able to pin point these errors, and had to be called to order . The V.A.R assistants were also able to guide the referees by providing them with counsel as well as taking active as per decisions considered invalid (Eduardo Vargas offside call CHILE VS CAMEROON, Ernest Mabouka Red card CAMEROON VS GERMANY)
V.A.R determining the course of the game pitting PORTUGAL and RUSSIA(the hosts)
As every other technological advancement subject to football, the V.A.R was also put under t he hot seat as it was accused of providing for too many stoppages thus slowing the energy of the game, it was accused of frustrating players and staff with some decisions made, it was also accused for rendering the football game too artificial and too dependent on this tech for most decisions had to be referred to the V.A.R, thus diminishing the power and authority of match officials to an extent.
Generally the V.A.R received a hosts of mixed feelings but positive feedback as it is said to be the technology that will revolutionize the world of football as well as forth coming changes announced the FIFA