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Roberto Rosetti The Uefa Referees Chief Hopes That Local Leagues Will Use Var With Caution

Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s referees boss, hopes that the light-touch approach to VAR used at Euro 2020 carries over into Europe’s domestic leagues next season, warning that over-analyzing judgments is “hazardous.”

Many commentators have commended the tournament’s use of technology and officiating standards in general, and Rosetti believes it has established a standard for other competitions to follow.

“We don’t want to look into all the minor nuances.”

If we do, VAR, if not used properly, may be dangerous, as we’ve seen in several nations,” he warned.

I’m not sure you’ll like this sort of football once we start scrutinizing, checking, and investigating.

Premier League clubs are ready for the technique employed at the Euros to be replicated in the English top tier next season, according to chairman of UEFA’s referees’ committee Roberto Rosetti, who said: “I read some fascinating things regarding ‘light touch usage of VAR’.”

These were excellent.

“I hope that this kind of use of this technology can continue all over Europe,” said the author.

We think that referees should always be at the center of the decision-making process and make choices on the field of play,” Rosetti said. VARs checked 276 instances, including 18 VAR corrections – 10 direct and eight via on-field review.

He said that all 18 fixes were “100% correct,” but admitted that there had been internal conversations regarding “a couple” of instances in which the VAR had not interfered but could have.

He believes that employing VAR to remedy evident mistakes adding following the “minimum interference, greatest benefit” strategy served the tournament well, and that repeated, slow-motion study is typically ineffective.

“With football, there is a lot of grey, a lot of borderline situations,” he remarked.

“VAR is not perfect – forget it,” Rosetti said of borderline decisions like the penalty award for England against Denmark in the semi-final (AP).

VAR cannot eliminate all debates in football; there are many 50-50 instances.

We can make a mess if we want to examine all of the interventions.

“We must exercise caution.”

Giving referees a second chance to look at anything may be quite dangerous, believe me, because we’ve seen a lot of goals scored with minor pushes, holding, and minor details, but this is football.

I’m not sure you’ll like this sort of football once we start scrutinizing, checking, and investigating.

“We have to be careful with the imagery, such as extreme slow-motion,” says the director.

All handball situations become punished in super slow motion, all yellow cards become red cards, and all goals scored with physical contact become something we may disallow,” he said, citing Robert Lewandowski’s goal for Poland versus Spain as an example.

He said, “If you watch this, it’s a goal.”

“If you watch this physical contact 100 times in super slow motion with the referee in front of the television, you might see pushing.”

But this isn’t football,” Rosetti said, praising all of the officials as well as the respect with which the players and coaches treated their choices.

UEFA’s referees’ boss lauded Euro 2020 final referee Bjorn Kuipers and all of the tournament officials (PA Wire). “I believe the refereeing was a genuine success at Euro 2020,” he added.

“The referees and assistance referees put in outstanding efforts on the field of play.”

“We received excellent support from our Nyon-based VARs.”

The end outcome was 51 flawless matches, leaving very little opportunity for criticism.

“On the contrary, it elicited a level of agreement and acclaim that we have never seen before.”

At the games, the officials were always in charge, always reliable, and always accurate.” Total fouls were down from Euro 2016 – 1,113 vs. 1,290.

As a result, the average real playing duration at Euro 2020 increased from 65 minutes and 30 seconds to 70 minutes and 36 seconds.

There were 98 yellow cards, compared to 129 at Euro 2016, but six red cards, compared to three at Euro 2016.

Three of the six dismissals were made by VAR, and Rosetti insisted that each judgment was “100% correct,” including the contentious decision to disqualify Marcus Danielson of Sweden in the last-16 encounter against Ukraine when his follow-through caught Artem Besedin.

Seventeen penalties were awarded, six of which were awarded using VAR, compared to 12 at Euro 2016.

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