Real Madrid players attack VAR use in CWC semi-finalDecember 14, 2017
A number of players from Real Madrid have attacked the use of VAR in the Club World Cup semi-final against Al Jazira.
Madrid were successful on their semi-final on Wednesday evening and will now face Brazilian side Gremio on the final but their game against Al Jazira saw two uses of the VAR system cause controversy.
Casemiro was denied a header in the first half for the Spanish side, which saw the referee hold up the game for four minutes, whilst their opponents also saw a goal ruled out.
Following the win, boss Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale have reacted negatively to the use of video technology.
“VAR? The referee whistled for an offside, that’s what they told me. It took three or four minutes to make a decision and it wasn’t pleasant. You have to get the draw the positives from it all and try to improve it. It all seemed strange, ” said Zidane.
“VAR? I don’t like it, I think football is better without it, but it’s not up to me, ” said Bale.
Whilst, Croatian midfielder Luka Modric was more open in his comments about the use of the system.
“As far as I’m concerned, there is still confusion regarding VAR,” Modric told reporters after the match, as quoted by Marca.
“Sometimes it is beneficial but then again, Casemiro’s goal was disallowed because Benzema was influencing another player, so I’m not sure.
“I don’t want to get embroiled in this controversy and we should try not to worry about it and move on, as this is not our job as footballers and it is out of our control.
“I made comments before that some people did not like but the truth is I am confused by the system, it is unclear in what situations they will use it.
“Sometimes it takes too long to make the decisions and in this match, it was a mess.”
Reports over recent months have linked La Liga to follow on from the likes of Serie A, Bundesliga and the Premier League by introducing VAR for the start of the 2018/2019 season.
VAR is currently used for reviewing, goals, red cards, penalties and cases of mistaken identify has been tested well across world football, mainly in Australia and Brazil.
Negative responses from Italian football have emerged however, with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri previously saying Serie A “will become like baseball in the United States, we stay 10 hours at the stadium eating peanuts”.
La Liga is currently the only one of Europe’s top five leagues not to even have goal-line technology, with the league claiming previously that it was to expensive to install and utilise.
Another claim for the delay was centred around disputes and relations between La Liga and the Spanish Football Association.