A former Premier League official has provided a candid account of his experiences with the controversial video review system that was introduced in 2019.
The official, who worked as a referee in the Premier League, revealed some surprising decisions and insights during his time working with VAR.
Refusing to Check Potential Foul in Chelsea vs. Tottenham Game
One of the instances highlighted by the former official was his decision to not send referee Anthony Taylor to review a potential foul in a heated match between Chelsea and Tottenham.
He candidly admitted that he made this decision because he considered Anthony Taylor to be a friend.
Surprising Decision in Southampton’s 9-0 Loss to United
The official also confessed to a surprising decision made during a match between Southampton and Manchester United in 2021. During the match, he was the on-pitch official following VAR’s instructions.
In a crucial moment, he sent off Jan Bednarek for a foul on Anthony Martial in the penalty box.
Upon reflection, he admitted that he could have stuck with his initial decision in some instances when he went to the screen to review plays.
He recalled the specific match, stating, “Straight away, Manchester United versus Southampton comes to mind as I went to the screen for something and I sent a player off, which was completely wrong.”
VAR Culture and Referee Decisions
The former referee also shared his perspective on the culture of VAR among referees.
He believed that the expectation for referees to change their decisions after reviewing plays on the pitchside monitor was strong.
However, he anticipated that this culture might shift in the future.
He suggested that referees who stick with their on-field decisions could gain more credibility with spectators, managers, and players.
Additionally, he questioned the necessity of referees being sent to the screen for every single incident, expressing his opinion that not every decision required review.
In conclusion, the former official’s account sheds light on the challenges and complexities of working with VAR in the Premier League.
His insights provide a unique perspective on the decision-making process and the potential evolution of VAR-related practices among referees.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn