Celtic great Chris Sutton has criticized Scottish football’s decision to bring VAR to the Premiership.
Clubs from the top 4 leagues in the Scottish game voted in favor of the introduction of video technology yesterday on a historic day. As many as 44 clubs voted in favor of the introduction of VAR, and only 1 club voted against [STV].
The SPFL has now confirmed that there are plans to implement the system after the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. The league body has also stated that VAR will be used in the Premier Sports Cup semi-finals and finals next year as well.
There have been calls from many to bring him back throughout the season. Ange Postecoglou is one of his particular supporters. [The Scotsman]. But Sutton has criticized the decision and believes that he will not resolve any of the debates surrounding the decisions currently taking place within the Scottish football community.
Speaking via Record Celtic podcastSutton said: “I don’t think it’s really going to solve anything. Maybe they should have spent the VAR money on training the referees to a proper level, because I don’t think that level is there. Is VAR going to solve it? I just think it will cause more panic.
“Maybe there is an argument to bring referees from abroad to officiate the games. VAR has not worked particularly well in the south. That’s like the blind leading the blind I guess! [English refs coming up for Scottish games]. I think if you look at VAR in the Champions League and European competitions, it works well. I think it worked in the European Championship. I think what happened in the south is that they modified it too much.
“But VAR in Scotland is not going to solve anything, I think it will really add to the chaos and there will be more conspiracy theories.”
The VAR more to help the Scottish game than to solve all its problems
You can see what Chris is trying to say here. Indeed, that VAR will not exactly help the game since it will be the same referees who take charge and who have provoked so much criticism this year.
However, the system itself is certainly a positive for Scottish football. The reason is that it will actually help get to the root of a number of different decisions. Issues such as red card offenses and offside goals, for example, will be covered.
VAR is not something that is supposed to solve all the problems of the game in Scotland. far from there It’s just supposed to be a helping hand. Something that will help eliminate the heated debate about certain decisions. Not all of those. It will also allow for some fairer decisions to be made about flagrant incidents that are overlooked.
You cannot disguise that there are pros with VAR. It’s going to be a boon to the Scottish game. Of course, it remains to be seen whether he improves Scottish refereeing to a satisfactory level.
The idea of bringing in referees from abroad or from the South has been ridiculed and ridiculed in the past. It is effectively seen as an admission of his belief in conspiracy theories. But not having Celtic or Rangers fans referee their games against each other would certainly solve a key problem.
In any case, the VAR will only have to settle for now. Or at least when we launch it this December.
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