VAR to enter Super League after five-year contract signed
A five-year contract has been signed between the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, InDigital and Media Luso concerning the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in Greek football.
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On Saturday, VAR made its official debut at the top level in Greece, as the technology was used in the Greek Cup final contested between PAOK and AEK at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. In the second half, German referee Felix Zwayer checked VAR to see if PAOK midfielder Jose Canas handled the ball inside his own penalty area, however he didn’t point towards the spot after analysing video footage. Zwayer had also been informed that Chuba Akpom wasn’t offside for the winning PAOK goal on the stroke of half time.
Last week, a five-year contract was signed between the Ministry of Digital Policy, InDigital and Media Luso for the use of VAR in the Super League, Super League 2 and the Greek Cup. The deal covers a grand total of 1205 matches across the two leagues and five Greek Cup finals. 16 stadiums will be fitted with fibre optics in order for the technology to be used accordingly.
Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Nikos Pappas, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Giorgos Vasiliadis, Secretary of Digital Policy Stelios Rallis, Hellenic Football Federation President Evangelos Grammenos, InDigital Chairman Kostas Rouptsos and Media Luso legal representative Francisco Jose De la Fuente Ruz were all present at the contract signing.
“This is an important day for Greek football,” revealed Vasiliadis when speaking to the press. “We leave behind the dark shadows which have been present for years. However, we have many problems at the moment, so we have a long way to go. We want to move in a new direction.”
“It will create both transparency and credibility,” added Rallis. “This project will change the way we see Greek football. We are extremely proud to have this opportunity at our disposal.”
Vasiliadis also mentioned that the final green light is required from FIFA alongside extra referee training.