Radical changes to VAR ‘considered’ as Motty calls for an end to Stockley Park

first_imgReferees may start to use pitch-side monitors during VAR calls as reports claim Premier League chairmen are considering radical changes to the current system.The weekend’s action was once again dominated by a series of controversially overruled decisions and the system has been the subject of widespread criticism. Getty Images – Getty “The game’s too quick anyway!” he said.“You shouldn’t be worried about slowing the game down. Nobody else is worried about slowing cricket down or rugby down.“There’s too many injuries because of the pace of the game. The collisions are so much greater now, the pitches are quicker and the ball’s faster.”Meanwhile, legendary commentator John Motson believes pitch-side monitors should be the only way VAR operates. Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Live on talkSPORT He said: “The most radical thing they could do is shut Stockley Park down. I’m absolutely serious.“Take away the video assistant referee, but say to the referee who is in charge of the game: you’ve got your own view, you’ve got two assistants, you’ve got a fourth official, and you’ve got a monitor on the side of the pitch.“Do we need somebody 100 miles away to overturn the decision?” 3 Everton vs Watford (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORTBurton vs Leicester (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Man United (Wednesday, 8.05pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 7.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2 3 VAR caused high drama at the Emirates on Sunday Sokratis was denied a potentially match-winning goal on Sunday “There will be a lot of pressure now for the referees to engage with the monitors, especially if it’s going to change the outcome of a game. I think we will seriously consider making a change.”The debate is now whether it is worth slowing the game down further to achieve more correct decisions.Sokratis had a potentially match-winning goal contentiously disallowed for Arsenal against Crystal Palace on Sunday, while there was controversy at the Etihad when Man City’s second goal was allowed to stand despite Raheem Sterling seemingly interfering with play from an offside position.That decision took four minutes to make without the use of a pitch-side screen and Sam Allardyce, speaking on talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast, has no issue with slowing the game down even more to get things right. Until now, referees have been advised against using pitch-side monitors There have been 26 decisions changed via the use of video replays in 100 games this season, but not once has the on-field referee consulted a screen.Initially, it was thought that the use of monitors would slow the game down too much, however The Times reports that Premier League chairmen are warming to the idea ahead of their meeting in London on November 14.An unnamed chairman told the newspaper: “The issue of pitch-side monitors was raised at our last meeting in September but it was hardly debated — it will be different at the next one.“There are probably ten clubs now who have been on the receiving end of VAR decisions who feel that if the referee had looked at the incident himself, he may well have made a different decision. It’s a bumper week of action in the Carabao Cup and the EFL 3last_img

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