UEFA boss: VAR must be clearer, faster

UEFA boss: VAR must be clearer, faster

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the governing body is planning to expand its use of VAR as he wants the system and the rules to be clearer and faster. 

Speaking in a press conference, Ceferin says the organization planned to ask the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which manages the rules, to clarify several issues. He emphasized that UEFA was committed to the video replay. He suggested the bigger problem was overcoming the reluctance of teams and their fans to accept they have been fairly beaten.

"Why not go back? Because there would always be teams who think they lost because VAR did not exist. We always complain when we lose because of a mistake," he said. 

"We need to make the technology clearer, faster, less invasive, but it will stay... And that’s why we have to try to improve it. 

Problems to be addressed

"One is, for example, offside. The line is very thin, and it’s drawn by VAR, so it’s a subjective line of an objective fact, which is a bit strange,” he said.

Ceferin said agreement on handball was also a problem. He said retired Italian referee Roberto Rosetti had conducted a session at UEFA for leading coaches which highlighted the disagreements.

“For me, it was strange when we had elite coaches visiting us, all the top coaches of European football, of world football,” said Ceferin. “When Roberto Rosetti showed a ball that touched a hand, half of them said ‘handball’, half said ‘no way’.”

IFAB will meet again on February 29 in Northern Ireland to consider potential rules changes to be introduced on June 1.

UEFA said on Wednesday that it will use VAR in the qualifying play-offs for Euro 2020 at the end of March, as well as in the European zone qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which will begin in March 2021.