English Premier League has been adviced to allow the referee to review the pitch-side footage themselves, in the same way as happens in other major European leagues by UEFA referee chief Roberto Rosetti.
Premier League was one of the last top-five major leagues in Europe to adopt the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after it made it debut this season. Professional Game Match Officials Board chief Mike Riley admitted that there had only been four ‘mistakes’ so for this season regarding the video technology.
In an interview with the Mail, Rosetti urged Premier League to allow referees to view the footage for themselves, rather than relying on the video ref at Stockley Park, "We think referees must be at the center of the decision-making process – not the VAR. I was a referee for 27 years. I want to be the person in charge of what happens on the field.
"That means I want to see what happened with my own eyes and then I can continue the match. I can explain to the players what has happened and I want to be at the centre of the decision. I want to see the referees take the decision. I understand we need to work to improve and reduce the time of reviews but the priority is for accuracy of decisions.
"I prefer a referee to watch the situation with his own eyes instead of by a man who we don’t know where he is, maybe in another place or another city! The Premier League and its referees are doing a good job. It is a young project. It needs time to be efficient, to be fast and to be the best. We need patience.
"The main reaction in Italy was positive because it something that related to justice, to do something good for football and to avoid mistakes. VAR cannot delete them all. There will be always discussions, always controversial situations. We cannot forget that behind the technology are human beings.
"These guys did their jobs on the field of play for 15-20 years and are now doing something different in front of a monitor. They need time and experience. They need to improve their skills to select the best cameras."
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