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.

So, I do not think those in charge have thought deeply enough about the various outcomes that can happen on the field of play and how this video screen on the side of the pitch should be used.

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.

The big screen at a stadium, if there is one, also has to be used in these situations. The public have the right to be kept informed as to what is happening.

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.

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