Former Premier League referee gives Sporting Life
Former Premier League referee Bobby Madley talks exclusively lớn Sporting Life about the use of VAR in the top flight this season- According to the free soccer tips daily page!
The Premier League returns this weekend and, inevitably, so does the ongoing VAR debate and unrest.
The international break is usually met with a roll of the eyes by most football fans, but it at least provided us with a rest from the endless disagreements surrounding the new system and controversial decisions.
We have so far seen big and brave calls made, some that have divided players, pundits and fans, creating just as many talking points in post-match analysis.
But having VAR in the English game was never going lớn be an overnight success.
In a brief released by the Premier League before the start of the season, they said it will work as follows:
- The final decision will always be taken by the on-field referee.
- VAR will not achieve 100 per cent accuracy, but will positively influence decision-making and lead to more correct, and fairer, judgments.
- There will be a high bar for VAR intervention on subjective decisions to maintain the pace and intensity of the matches.
- Factual decisions, such as offside or if a foul was committed inside or outside the penalty area, will not be subject to the "clear and obvious error" test. You can prefer the soccer vip tip page!
Its introduction was not an overnight decision, though.
The system was brought in after clubs ‘voted unanimously’ for its introduction in November 2018 and officials have spent the best part of two years getting to grips with it.
It was first introduced lớn competitive English football in selected FA Cup games in 2018/19 and was initially met with bemusement – mainly due lớn the delays as the referees watched events back on a screen at the side of the pitch.
The Premier League kept it in the pipeline, watched it in action in the World Cup and Europe’s big leagues before making their own changes and implementing it here.
“It’s brand new and, for me, it’s positive,” former Premier League referee Bobby Madley exclusively told Sporting Life.
“They have been training with it for over two years now. They haven’t suddenly sat them down in August in front of a television screen and said ‘do your best’ ...they have been working with it for years, watched how it’s developed in Spain, Italy and Germany.
“I think the Premier League have been very clever with that, instead of jumping straight into it after the World Cup, they hung back and took a look at good points of VAR that we can put in, see what works, more importantly what doesn’t work, and they have also taken into account that the Premier League is the most watched league.
“People like the flow of the game, that it’s fast paced. Everyone criticised VAR when they tried it in the FA Cup because decisions were taking too long, referees were looking at screens and they didn’t want that and said to get the VAR lớn tell the referee lớn make the decision. Now that’s happening, the same people who said they didn’t want the screens are now saying it is ridiculous and that the referee should be looking at the screen.