Greece To Pilot UEFA’s Video Assistant Referee System
Next season could see the latest technology from UEFA used to clear up disputed decisions in Greek SuperLeague matches. European football’s governing body is set to include Greece as one of countries used to pilot their video assistant referee (VAR) system. The VAR system is basically an Instant Replay sort of option available to officials to verify or change important decisions during the course of game.
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Greek newspaper Sportday has reported that UEFA is set to pay for all the costs associated with the implementation and use of the new technology. Russia and Portugal are the two other leagues that are being tabbed to also experiment with the system.
UEFA is set to install this VAR system in Greece after upcoming elections within the Greek Football Federation (EPO). In addition to this, there is also possibility that the SuperLeague will be employing a six-referee team for matches. That would include the main referee, two assistant referees (linesmen), one referee behind each goal as well as a video assistant who will make timely decisions on disputed calls.
So far, reaction to this news has been overwhelmingly positive. There are some dissenting voices from pundits and fans, however overall this speculation has been met with widespread approval. The timely manner in which this technology appears to work indicates that it could be a very good tool to use, especially in Greek football where refereeing mistakes have led to concerns over corruption for many years.