VAR should only be used to reverse ‘clear and obvious’ mistakes for offside decisions, according to football lawmakers IFAB.
The general secretary of the International Football Association Board, Lukas Brud, insists the technology should only be called upon to reverse “clear and obvious” mistakes.
VAR again sparked fury in the Premier League over the weekend after goals for Wolves, Crystal Palace, Norwich, Brighton and Sheffield United were chalked off due to marginal offsides.
Not a week goes by without VAR causing some controversy with many managers, players and fans calling for changes to be made.
Offside decisions are a particular source of contention with a significant amount of time being taken to rule on incidents that are not ‘clear and obvious’.
Brud said the IFAB will reissue guidance on best practice regarding VAR to competitions who use it, most likely after its general meeting at the end of February, which will also include information on offsides.
“Clear and obvious still remains – it’s an important principle. There should not be a lot of time spent to find something marginal,” Brud told the PA news agency.
“If something is not clear on the first sight, then it’s not obvious and it shouldn’t be considered.
“Looking at one camera angle is one thing but looking at 15, trying to find something that was potentially not even there, this was not the idea of the VAR principle. It should be clear and obvious.”
Wolves captain Conor Coady claimed VAR was ‘killing’ his side after Pedro Neto had his equaliser against Liverpool taken away in an offside decision that was marginal.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg said it was time changes were made to VAR.
“I believe it could be time to remove offside decisions from the VAR process,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“The excitement and spirit of the game is in danger of being damaged by the precise nature of the VAR technology when it comes to offside.
“So why not go back to assistant referees flagging for offside and we stick to their decision?
“I do not believe in changing the laws of offside.”
Sheffield United were denied a goal against Manchester City – the fifth time this season VAR has ruled out a goal they have scored.
Blades manager Chris Wilder said: “Yet again we had another goal disallowed by VAR. That’s about eight or nine over the weekend, this is not a situation helping the game.”
His opposite number Pep Guardiola said VAR was “a big mess” and added: “Hopefully next season it can do better.”