This Monday, the president of the FIFA Referees Committee, the Italian Pierluigi Collina, spoke to the Sky Sport Italia on VAR trials in that Club World Cup. One of the novelties implemented was the dissemination of audio between judges and assistants in the booths.
“We decided to do this process because we received some requests to make the decision taken by the referee after a VAR intervention more understandable for all football players, that is, spectators in the stadium or in front of the television”, he said.
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Collina also stressed that one of the main concerns was that communication was clear to the public: “Since language can be one of the problems, we thought this FIFA Club World Cup would be perfect because it is a multilingual competition, with teams and, of course, spectators from six different continents involved”.
The Italian also explained why the audios were released after the arbitration decisions were taken. According to him, the choice was made inspired by American sports and aims to protect the judges.
“Our aim was to protect the referees or not to make their work too difficult, not to put too much pressure on them. Therefore, communication will only be started after the decision has been taken in other sports, such as the NFL in American football, which have been doing this for a long time. It looks like the referees are quite comfortable with it,” he concluded.
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