Really complicated weekend for the Colombian arbitration. Four of the ten games played had serious mistakes by the central referee and the VAR: Bucaramanga vs Santa Fe (badly sanctioned penalty), Nacional vs Tolima (badly disallowed goal), Jaguares vs Once Caldas (badly sanctioned penalty) and Cali vs Medellín ( badly disallowed goal).
The tool that is supposed to bring more justice to football, so far, at least in the BetPlay League, has generated more doubts, protests and even suspicions. Everything backwards.
Precisely about the bad decisions against Deportivo Cali, its coach, Alfredo Arias, exploded at a press conference after the tie with DIM: “Either those in the VAR don’t know anything about football or they make a very ugly mistake and someone has to talk about this … these people who work on this simply to be seated to see and give a verdict are wrong and they are still there ”.
This time, the Uruguayan spoke with ESPN about the great errors of the VAR and the reasons why in Europe there is not so much controversy with the decisions that are made.
“Why does (the VAR) work in Europe? Because they stopped looking for ants and are looking for an elephant. This was created so that the elephants did not exist and then the enormous injustices, which a platform, a judge, a player or something saw, could be corrected. If you look for ants so much, you will mistake the ant for a louse or a very small insect. Later when he realized it, he already made the mistake, “he said.
He maintained that the video tool “is so that big mistakes do not happen” and gave as an example the goal that his team was annulled: “Why look for ants, if you don’t see the elephants? You have three players holding on for the whole game, one lets go to score the goal and you foul the one who did not even head, did not even influence ”.
Finally, Arias was correct in stating that he would change “many things” to continue counting on the VAR and he was encouraged to give an option that he learned from American football.
“The coach who thought they had hurt him had two chances per time (to review the play). Then they took him out one by time. Then the guy demanded that the judge go see him, look how easy. It happens in tennis also with the hawk eye. So they don’t always stop the game, the one who feels hurt and faced with something very big goes. That would not be a bad thing to implement and remove the gentlemen from above, to stay calm there, they handle the computer, the technology, “he concluded.