Video evidence: Referees and assistants should be faster

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Video evidence was introduced in the Bundesliga two and a half years ago. Since then, those responsible, the referees and the video assistants have not managed to get the new technology to the necessary acceptance among players, coaches and fans. For Jochen Drees, responsible for the video evidence at the German Football Association (DFB) as project manager, this is mainly due to two points: responsibility and speed.

“We have to improve in the identification and determination of the existing and generally high intervention thresholds of the video assistants,” said Drees before the start of the Bundesliga second half on Friday. “In addition, we have to work on optimizing the speed of the check without jeopardizing the video assistant’s duty of care and the referee’s certainty on the court.”

Overall, there is still uncertainty in professional football when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervenes – and when not. In addition, it often takes too long for a controversial situation to be reviewed. In addition to the elimination of emotions when celebrating the goal and the doubts about the technical feasibility of the calibrated lines used for offside, these are also the biggest criticisms in public opinion.

Drees and the top referees want to continue working consistently on changing public awareness and expectations. “The video assistant is basically only responsible for preventing clear, obvious wrong decisions and is not there to make the better decision,” said the 49-year-old.

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