VAR (Virtual Assistant Referee) technology will be used in today’s game against Arsenal, and it is one of five Premier League games that will use VAR today.
It is one of the trials being carried out this season, and if everything goes well, it will be introduced into the Premier League for all games next season.
Rafa seems to be positive about the technology, and he thinks it will lead to a lot more penalties as one example.
Note to Rafa – don’t substitute Matt Ritchie today.
The former Liverpool manager also thinks it will protect the better players from poor tackles.
VAR being used at the World Cup last summer
Rafa was asked if the technology will change the game and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“It can change but it’s not crucial,”“
“The positive thing it brings is that even without making a decision you know that they are watching you.”
“So bad tackles, you know that they are watching. If it protects the good players then I think it’s positive.”
“You can see the stats and I’ve checked them for the World Cup and they were much better.”
“The decisions were much better and you have more penalties.”
“I think there were 20 in the other World Cup and 29 in the last one, so that means 9 more penalties because you have more control.”
“You have to do it,” “You have to make mistakes, you have to keep doing it and keep making mistakes.”
“And then little by little it will get better.”
The World Cup showed how slight mistakes in refereeing can be corrected during the game.
We thought that almost every decision involving VAR at the World Cup was the right decision.
It will take away from the game the offsides that weren’t and may even be used to find out which players dive in the Premier League.
They should get yellow cards whenever they dive, and if a player receives two yellows for that in a game, then they get a red card.
And goal-line technology has stopped the embarrassment we had in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
That’s when England were playing Germany, and Frank Lampard scored a goal past Manuel Neuer, just before halftime, and the ball was as much as three feet over the line.
But no goal – even though the massive video at the stadium clearly showed the ball was way over the line.
That was a massive embarrassment for football around the world.
The powers that be are doing some good work to rid the game of those decisions that are obviously wrong but cannot be corrected.
Let’s hope it helps Newcastle in the home game against Arsenal today.
We’ll take anything we can get today at St. James’ Park to get all 3 points.