Italian football federation is open to trialling VAR challenge system where teams can request an assessment on the field during matches … at night when Cristiano Ronaldo receives controversial penalty for Juventus in Coppa Italia
- A VAR challenge system could be introduced following requests from Series A sides
- The Italian Football Association has told FIFA that they are “willing to experiment”
- A system could be put in place where teams can request an on-site assessment
The Italian football federation has informed FIFA of its “willingness to experiment” with a VAR challenge process.
At the request of a number of Series A clubs, the governing body of the country issued a statement stating that it was open to trying out a system where teams could request an on-site assessment during competitions.
“Italy was one of the first countries in the world to experiment with technology in football,” read the FIGC statement.
The Italian Football Association is “willing to experiment” with field challenges for VAR calls
VAR saved Juventus in the Coppa Italia on Thursday when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty
“The approval of VAR by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) was preceded by an offline test period in the Italian top layer and yielded exceptional results, which contributed significantly to the implementation of the final protocol.
“Animated by the same desire to innovate and with the same spirit of service at the time, the FIGC has interpreted the requests received by numerous Series A clubs in recent weeks and FIFA has informally anticipated its willingness to experiment with the use of the challenge (the call for an assessment by the teams on the field, in time and in the way that IFAB ultimately determines).
‘The FIGC is convinced that by continuing the path already taken, football can be brought into a dimension that is getting closer to the millions of fans, without influencing the authority of the referee, but by offering him concrete tools. “
The IFF wrote to FIFA to confirm their desire to try out a technology challenge system
FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has also urged the referees to “intensify” the use of the on-site assessment to avoid controversies affecting the image of our championship, which is preparing for the crucial phase of the season. ” .
The conversation about field assessments to be introduced in Italy came one evening when VAR dominated the conversation after the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg between AC Milan and Juventus.
Milan led to the 90th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty via VAR after his effort had gone from a bicycle kick to Davide Calabria, a meter away.
Calabria was not in front of the ball when it touched his hand and although the referee was adamant that it was not a penalty at first, he changed his mind after checking the pitchside monitor.
Ronaldo converted to score a crucial goal with the two parties who met in Turin on March 4 for the return match.
Series A clubs have objected to having one introduced and this may have been useful to AC Milan