Pierluigi Collina calls on officials to referee as if VAR ‘didn’t exist’


‘The referee must decide as if the technology didn’t exist’: Pierluigi Collina calls on officials to only use VAR as ‘parachute’ to correct an error

  • Pierluigi Collina has offered advice to referees on how to use VAR
  • He believes controversial technology should only be used as a ‘parachute’
  • The Italian urged referees to make decisions as if VAR does not exist 

Former referee Pierluigi Collina claims match officials should make decisions as if VAR didn’t exist.

FIFA‘s chief refereeing commissioner believes the controversial technology should only work like a ‘parachute’ to correct an error. 

‘The referee must decide as if the technology didn’t exist,’ Collina told La Gazzetta dello Sport

Pierluigi Collina claims match officials should make decisions as if VAR didn't exist

Pierluigi Collina claims match officials should make decisions as if VAR didn’t exist

‘The goal is to not need VAR because the decisions are correct and that’s why we work through the preparation.

‘He knows that there’s a parachute that could help him correct an error, even if the error remains and whoever judges the referee doesn’t forget it.

‘The referee must know everything about the game, analysing videos to learn about the tactics and characteristics of the players. 

‘In my time, it was done extemporaneously, today it’s an integral part of the preparation.’

FIFA's chief refereeing commissioner believes that VAR should only work like a 'parachute'

FIFA’s chief refereeing commissioner believes that VAR should only work like a ‘parachute’

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