UEFA are considering scrapping VAR when football eventually returns


VAR hasn’t been universally popular since it was adopted in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season.

The technology, which is designed to mitigate the influence of human error in refereeing decisions, has ironically generated even more controversy than before its introduction.

Prior to the suspension of Premier League matches on March 9, VAR was at the centre of debates about contentious penalties and fractional offside calls almost weekly.

The officials in charge of properly utilising slow motion replays and a myriad of camera angles were showing no signs of learning how to maximise their potential benefits.

But whenever football does resume in any capacity, the role of VAR seems to be in serious doubt.

Per The Sun, Premier League VARs may be forced to work away from their Stockley Park hub due to the necessary continuation of social distancing.

Normally, up to 30 officials work in a small room with a bank of screens and three-man technical teams operating on each match - a clear breach of the current guidelines.

A potential workaround is to mobilise the system using vans which could be driven around the country to house VAR in stadium car parks.

Such a setup has been implemented instead of Stockley Park only once to cover Manchester City’s trip to Burton Albion in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final last season.

That said, mobile units are currently deployed with great success in other competitions, namely the Champions League and the Italian Serie A.

However, according to French outlet RMC Sport, UEFA’s executive committee will today meet to discuss whether or not the technology should be used in Champions League and Europa League matches for the rest of the season.

While it could well bring the integrity of competitions into dispute, it’s a difficult trade-off between this and ensuring the smoothest possible competition of the season.

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