VAR’s killing football
Former Juventus star Michel Platini insists VAR has ‘killed’ football and ‘hasn’t brought more justice’ to the game.
VAR is widely considered to be football’s newest innovation after being used in Serie A and the 2018 World Cup, among other competitions, but Platini – a long-time critic of the technology – made it clear it only served to protect the interests of those in power.
“VAR is a DIY video, which hasn’t brought more justice to football,” the disgraced ex-UEFA chief told Sport.
“I know FIFA, it’s their job to find statistics that suit them. At best, the video can really help to judge a ball that crosses the goal line or not or with offsides because these decisions are based on specific facts: inside or outside.
“There’s no room for interpretation, but even then it’s dangerous. There was VAR in the World Cup Final, yet for France’s first goal, which resulted from a free kick, there was no initial foul from the Croatian player, while for Griezmann’s penalty, it was the VAR official that called the referee, who became a kind of puppet.
“Was there or wasn’t there a Croatian hand? All of Croatia insisted the hand was involuntary, while all of France wanted a penalty.
“Who knows, maybe tomorrow the captains and goalkeepers will have headphones and the Coaches will be able to talk to them and guide them during games.
“By doing this, we’ll certainly kill football, like it’s already happened in cycling and F1. We’ve already killed the referees.
“Why are all the refereeing chiefs in favour of the VAR? Because it covers their backs and they’re always on the side of those who feed them.”