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FSF statement on VAR trial

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) are being used in this season’s League Cup and FA Cup as part of IFAB’s world wide trialling of the technology – and on Saturday the scheme caused controversy at Anfield during Liverpool’s fourth round FA Cup tie loss to West Bromwich Albion.

The match was frequently interrupted by the referee Craig Pawson’s use of VAR with match officials using the review system on eight separate occasions and, in the first half alone, employed VAR to disallow an Albion goal, award a penalty to Liverpool and allow the visitors’ third goal.

Its impact on the occasion drew criticism from managers, supporters and pundits. The FSF has issued the following statement on the ongoing VAR trial: 

“FSF policy was always to back goal-line technology providing that the results were instantaneous and didn’t break the flow of the game. Clearly that didn’t happen on Saturday with VAR.

“In moments when the game was paused there was a lack of clarity about how decisions were made and a lack of communication in relaying information to match-goers.

“Like everyone in football the FSF is keeping a close eye on this and, as a member organisation, we’ll be speaking to supporters to see how they feel VAR is progressing.”

Thansk to James Boyce for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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