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Re: The VAR thread
« Reply #45 on: Tue 08 Jan 2019 18:43 »

Why do VAR referees have to be actual referees?  Opening up the position to those who are way short of those fitness levels and may not have the man-management skills of referees, such as they are, will give a massively larger pool from which to source the very best at making VAR decisions. It's such a different skill that it's unlikely the best at one will also be the best at the other.

Agree, as long as the final decision remains with the on field official to retain their ability to interpret the Law as is required and appropriate.

Am I correct in thinking that none of the VAR decisions made this weekend were actually reviewed by the onfield official?
I was at Burnley on Saturday and the whole situation was farcical. Those of us who actually paid to go to the game had any idea what was happening because Simon Hooper just stood in the penalty area and then, after about 90 seconds, he blew the whistle which Vydra thought was the signal to take the penalty only then to be stopped in his tracks by Hooper's raised arm, quickly followed by the AR's raised flag and offside was given --not against Vydra but against Sam Vokes who had not interfered with play at all ---the ball having gone way over his head.
At no point did Simon Hooper go to look at the incident and, on viewing the other incidents, I don't think that any other onfield official reviewed a decision.

Is this going to be the normal procedure?

I'm pretty sure that offside was given against Vydra. Hence there was no need for the referee t o look at the monitor.

I think the procedure in England will generally be that the referee does not look at the monitor but accepts the information from the VAR.

I know there has been mixed views on this. Personally I generally think it helps for the referee to go and look - the radio commentators for the Palace V Grimsby game were quite confused by Atkinson suddenly pulling a red card out after he'd shown a yellow. They were asking if it was for dissent, etc.

I think going to the monitor can help with the referee's credibility, particularly when it's the second minute of a game, and make it clearer what is happening (it would be different if the officials were mic'ed up).

Interestingly, Simon Hooper was quite precise about where the resulting free kick should be taken and it was outside the area where Sam Vokes had been ruled offside which caused even more confusion to those of us in attendance.
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