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Serie A admits there are problems with VAR

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According to Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli, there were six errors during the first three Serie A rounds despite using VAR.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology has been used in the Italian Lega Serie A tournament for a while now.

But according to refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli, there were six mistakes during the first three weeks of play despite using VAR.

“The first two-three Serie A rounds were unsatisfactory in terms of refereeing performance, but then we got back on track. The change in the rules also created some difficulties for us in the early games,” he told Football Italia.

“Looking at the statistics, there was intervention from technology only once every two games, which is very different from what we saw last season. Our objective is for VAR to intervene as little as possible.”

He explained: “There are six errors ascertained with the use of technology, so just over one percent of the total. Let’s not forget, VAR can never entirely cancel errors 100 percent of the time.”

“You know them because we’ve already discussed these incidents and we never hid that, because talking about it means we are working to improve.”

“There will always be controversy because, despite the new rules allowing a more objective approach, the evaluation of movement and situations will always ultimately create some debate,” he commented.

“The technology is progressing in leaps and bounds, but we will always need linesmen. In the future, however, they will be increasingly useful in technical situations and less on offside.”

“It’ll happen when someone deserves the chance to officiate in Serie A. We’ll get there, but it will always be a meritocracy,” Rizzoli concluded.