I do not understand why Craig Pawson had to watch Saturday night’s penalty incident involving Mohamed Salah himself in order to confirm it had been a foul.
I do not think the referee even saw the coming together, so if the Video Assistant Referee is telling him that it is a penalty kick then just give the penalty kick.
Pawson’s pitchside review caused an unnecessary delay and one hopes that, in that situation, a trust will develop through experience that will result in the referee accepting the VAR’s verdict.
I have always had my concerns about the referee going to the side of the pitch to examine something.
Let us say one or more players have been involved in an altercation that results in fists being thrown and the referee leaves that scene in the middle of the pitch to go to view that video; it is going to spark off again.
When an assistant says to a referee, ‘That is a penalty kick’, even though it is a subjective decision, he goes along with his colleague. And that is no different to what I am suggesting.
Incident 1️⃣: 45 seconds
Incident 2️⃣: 2 minutes, 23 seconds
Incident 3️⃣: 1 minute, 38 seconds
Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom last night but it was VAR that stole *all* the headlines.
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Pointing to the ear to say, ‘I’m having a debate’, and then, after the decision is made, drawing a rectangle and saying, ‘I’ve made this call based on VAR involvement’, is not good enough.
I do not see why we should be reinventing the wheel when we have seen rugby put it to the test and have years of experience of using it.
Just follow what rugby union does, where it is part of the entertainment process and there is not this pregnant pause and long delay in the game.