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UEFA chief takes aim at Premier League referees’ boss Mike Riley over VAR use

UEFA chief takes aim at Premier League referees' boss Mike Riley over VAR use


UEFA referee chief Roberto Rosetti has hit out at the Premier League’s use of VAR.

Referees in England’s top flight have been getting used to the video assistance after it was unleashed on the division this season.

The technology has had a mixed start, with Mike Riley admitting that four VAR decisions had been incorrect in the four matches before the international break.

Instead of checking a pitch side monitor to double check decisions, or challenge what they originally saw, officials have been trusting what the VAR referee in west London has seen.

Rosetti, who oversees referees in the Champions League and Europa League, has encouraged the likes of Mike Dean and Chris Kavanagh to have a look themselves on the sidelines.

VAR has been introduced to the Premier League this season

“We think referees must be at the centre of the decision-making process – not the VAR,” Rosetti told the Mail on Sunday.

“I was a referee for 27 years. I want to be the person in charge of what happens on the field.

“That means I want to see what happened with my own eyes and then I can continue the match.

“I can explain to the players what has happened and I want to be at the centre of the decision. I want to see the referees take the decision.

“I understand we need to work to improve and reduce the time of reviews but the priority is for accuracy of decisions.

“I prefer a referee to watch the situation with his own eyes instead of by a man who we don’t know where he is, maybe in another place or another city!”

UEFA chief takes aim at Premier League referees' boss Mike Riley over VAR use
Rosetti wants Premier League refs to use the monitors more

UEFA chief takes aim at Premier League referees' boss Mike Riley over VAR use
Roberto Rosetti is in charge of UEFA officials

Rosetti helped the Serie A set up their VAR systems and has generally been impressed with how it has started in the Premier League.

“The Premier League and its referees are doing a good job,” he said. ‘It is a young project. It needs time to be efficient, to be fast and to be the best. We need patience.

“The main reaction in Italy was positive because it something that related to justice, to do something good for football and to avoid mistakes.

“VAR cannot delete them all. There will be always discussions, always controversial situations. We cannot forget that behind the technology are human beings.

“These guys did their jobs on the field of play for 15-20 years and are now doing something different in front of a monitor. They need time and experience. They need to improve their skills to select the best cameras.”



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