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"The VAR kills us a little football," regrets Alain Casanova after a weekend of polemics


The sequences using VAR were extremely long during the second ASSE-TFC period, Sunday in the Cauldron. JEFF PACHOUD – AFP

  • A year after its introduction in Ligue 1, the VAR has still not extinguished controversies, as proved this weekend the Brest-Rennes and ASSE-Toulouse matches.
  • Coach Toulouse Alain Casanova gave the press Sunday on the heaviness of the use of this video arbitration in France.

"The emotional lift is terrible for us in the end. Loïc Perrin and the Stéphanois have (again) paid the high price of the cynicism of the
VAR, Sunday against Toulouse (2-2). Twice,
ASSE scored in the last moments of this thrilling encounter a third goal that could have launched for good season. But each time, Jérémy Stinat canceled the Saint-Etienne joy for offside. "Sometimes we cursed the VAR, sometimes we venerate him", summarizes Toulouse coach Alain Casanova, while his team could have benefited from a goal from Koulouris, whose offside is even less obvious than those of Robert Beric in front.

But in this game with twists in shambles, a jump of the third string of Max-Alain Gradel should especially have offered a penalty to Yohan Cabaye. "I have trouble understanding this decision, says Ghislain Printant. I do not understand that we could not ask that there be at least a view of the VAR. This non-decision is almost as incomprehensible as the imbroglio leading to the goal refused by Clement Turpin the day before in Brest.

"In England, there is never a dispute of more than 15 seconds"

"What's annoying is that it takes time, it's very very long," sighs Loïc Perrin. But if there is indeed an actor ASSE-TFC who wanted to expand on the subject, and with relevance, it is Alain Casanova.

It becomes almost unbearable. The match Brest-Rennes was stopped eight minutes, there all the actions are really discussed and analyzed. It kills us a little football, a sport without dead time, with play and intensity. We should be able to give more responsibility to people who are in cabins and who see the pictures. In England, I have the impression that there is never a dispute of more than 15 or 30 seconds. Everything is done in serenity. There, it creates a lot of nervousness and palaver. "

An amazing offensive game produced, a desire to snatch the win at the end of the game, and to punctuate the whole an enlightened indictment against the VAR, we were not prepared for this masterclass of Alain Casanova Sunday.


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