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UEFA boss criticizes some aspects of offside rule

'UNFAIR': UEFA President criticizes some aspects of offside rule

May 11, 2022 By Michelle Bonsu
The UEFA boss expressed concern about some players being 'unfairly penalized' by the offside rule

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has helped shape the game of football since its inception in the past few years - but there's been fair share of controversy about the tech innovation.

Namely, when it comes to offsides and handballs - two calls that have shaped the outcome of matches due to goals being cancelled, allowed, and at times, penalties given or denied.

And now, Aleksander Čeferin, UEFA's current boss has admitted that VAR doesn't always get it right, and sometimes the technology is biased somewhat against players.

"[Initially], VAR was too slow, but now it's [become] a lot quicker", he noted in an interview with L'Equipe.

"However, the fact that there can be an offside by five millimetres [sic] is still an issue for me. You are penalised if you have a big nose or big feet, [for instance]."

The Slovenian lawyer has also been outspoken about the European Super League, which is still being pushed by Juventus, Barcelona, and Real Madrid - and it appears that, not surprisingly, he's not on board with that plan. In the past he has claimed that players who took part would be banned from major competitions such as the EUROS and the World Cup, but it remains to see if anything like that will actually happen.

 


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