‘Confusing’. That’s the word many used these last two days in Russia’s Confederations Cup talking about how the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is making things in the games.
It’s difficult for the players’ feelings during the game
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi told reporters after his team’s 2-0 win over Cameroon, during which the Copa America title holders had a goal correctly disallowed in the first half, but another one also correctly validated towards the end of the match, with both decisions made based on the VAR.
No one has understood it very well yet. It was in the previous move after Cristiano’s shot hit the crossbar. It’s very confusing
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said about a goal of his team being canceled after the video showed that there was offside in the very beginning of their attacking effort.
Portugal drew 2-2 to Mexico, and if it weren’t for the VAR, the goal would have stood, and Portugal would, most probably, have won.
Both coaches agreed though that the VAR, in the long run, is going to help football, and that it’s already making things more fair. Confusing, at this stage, but more fair.
In the moment it’s not easy to accept but it’s fair and it will be useful