No Plans For VAR In Scottish Cup

Written by on January 11, 2018

The Scottish FA is open to using a video assistant referee (VAR) but has no plans to implement the system in this season’s Scottish Cup.

VAR has this week been introduced in England, with plans to use it in each round of the FA Cup.

“It is something that we would be happy to embrace and support if there was a widespread appetite from our member clubs,” said a spokesman for the SFA.

However, the spokesman also raised concerns over affordability.

The SPFL, who administer the senior Scottish leagues and League Cup, has already ruled out using goal-line technology saying that the cost is prohibitive.

VAR is limited to four types of match-changing incidents: goals, penalties, straight red cards and mistaken identity.

To reassess moments during a match, the referee can request a review after making a decision or the VAR can recommend one.

Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and Portugal’s Primeira Liga introduced VAR at the beginning of this season, while the system was used at last year’s Club World Cup, Confederations Cup and Under-20 World Cup.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino wants to use it at this year’s World Cup in Russia  with a final decision expected in March.

Many pundits reckon it is only a matter of time before VAR is in regular use across the world of football at the highest level.

The subject of VAR was discussed on Wednesday evening’s TALKING FOOTBALL show on ROCK SPORT.


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