Referee boss Pierluigi Collina is right behind some controversial decisions made by the VAR during the World Cup for women in France.
In particular, the decisions to have penalty kicks taken over if the keeper comes off the line too early have been badly hit by a number of participants. It happened three times this tournament that a missed penalty kick could be taken over for that reason.
The rule was officially introduced on 1 June and applies to all competitions in which the video arbitrator is used. "This tournament is not an experiment," the former top referee said to the BBC . "The World Cup is our top tournament of the year."
He is surprised by the criticism about the penalties. "The VAR cannot be blind or ignore something. If you have the means to check something, you must use it."
FIFA has adjusted as a result of complaints that keepers who leave their line too early will no longer receive a yellow card. But that does not alter the fact that the rule remains valid. "If something is in the rules, you have to comply. It is not about whether you get off your line a little or very much. It's about getting you off your line. And we can now easily see that with the technology. "
Cameroon in particular got excited about this tournament about decisions of the VAR. (Photo: Pro Shots)
'98, 18 percent of decisions correct '
According to FIFA figures, 98.18 percent of decisions have been corrected by the VAR. Without VAR that would have been 92.51 percent.
According to Collina, those figures are comparable to the World Championships for last year's men in Russia. "Ultimately, it's about making the right decision. Few mistakes have been made this year and the mistakes that have been made have had no impact on the results."
In England, where the VAR is being used for the first time this season, it is already suggested not to apply the latest addition to the rules. According to Collina that is not an option. "The rules apply to all countries and competitions. You cannot decide for yourself which rules you will and will not comply with."
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