Frank Lampard and Huddersfield were among those who received pardons for poor decisions last year, when the VAR changed the way games were played in 120 events.
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The Premier League stars want ex-professional players to help inexperienced referees make the right VAR decisions after a quick cry in big games.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get first -time players to watch the big events, with former England captain and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer leading the charge. More than once in the past year, Shearer has taken his high horse to criticize terrible decisions in high -profile games and get angry: “VAR is not the problem – people run and use it. the crime. “
Now, the Professional Football Association and the Management Team are demanding more input from ex-pros who understand the dynamics of simulation, contact, handball and shirt pulling.
There was a lot of concern after last month’s competitive match between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield, where VAR was used for the first time in a game with £ 180 million in winners – as it’s all about protecting the interests of the team – for the Terriers to think about. deceived by the system.
Huddersfield demanded an explanation from Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) after referee Jon Moss, in his last game before retiring, arrested Harry Toffolo for diving in. when he was cut in the box by Jack Colback. The defender was caught on TV cameras going behind him, and then VAR Paul Tierney could not be reached when Max Lowe dropped Lewis O’Brien.
After Forest’s 1-0 win when they were released 23 years from the high jump, Moss received death threats and closed his vinyl music store in Leeds, but players believe there were VAR officers at their Stockley Park bunker who didn’t always use the rules. or necessary.
Speaking last year, PFA general manager Moheta Molango said: “The players asked why – with their knowledge and experience of the game – there weren’t so many the first departments in the decision -making processes regarding the implementation of VAR.Is this a good idea to find out if it helps managers and gives players greater confidence in the VAR process?
With major stakeholders in the local game wanting players to participate in VAR decisions, the block sees the International Football Association Board – the custodians of the law – which is demanding fair penalties. only to resolve conflict events.
A keynote speaker said: “It needs to be discussed in the first meetings between the companies and the managers. It is clear that most, if not everything, the managers want things. players and administrators assisting in the training of the VAR and IFAB process need to understand the rapid growth of voices.
Last year in the Premier League, 120 decisions were overturned in a review by the VAR leading to 47 goals awarded and 43 disallowed, with 38 penalties awarded and nine in converted.
Liverpool and West Ham have the biggest net worth, each with a +4 goal difference in terms of VAR performances, while Arsenal, Brentford, Manchester City, Southampton and Watford are all +3. to good. Norwich, Leicester and Burnley were the teams most hit by the VAR, all having a -6 difference.
VAR officials point out that two top -flight decisions, which went to the will of the city, helped the Blue Moon win four in five years under Pep Guardiola.
City were given a controversial penalty when Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho was penalized for handball, even though the ball hit him in the neck, and Raheem Sterling took the only goal from the game. where. And PGMOL head Mike Riley pardoned Everton manager Frank Lampard after the escape of the town of Rodri who was seen keeping the ball in its own right in the dying minutes of the 1st win. -0 of the win at Goodison Park.
Former England coach Roy Hodgson, who is bowing out of the game as a sacked manager at Watford, said the current head -to -head rule was the most important thing he would not do. lost during the holidays.
Hodgson said: “What I want to throw things on the defensive is the decisions that the regulators have to make. VAR is a double -edged sword because there are times when you have to appreciate. to survive or it would be a real crime to correct if certain things were allowed to stand.
“On the other hand, there are the little things you wanted in the old days where it was left to the editor and the lines to decide what they wanted. But the worst thing was the ballot rule. hand standing up – and I can’t believe there are some people in the game who don’t want to respond to it.I feel sorry for the editors.I think most of them will agree with me, not with any objection. requested to do.