On Saturday, the IFAB votes on the inclusion of video evidence in the football rules. The decision is also groundbreaking for the Bundesliga.
Even Joseph S. Blatter tried again from the depths of the Internet. The “personal appeal” of the former FIFA president to the “guardian of the football rules” via Twitter should, however, just as likely to die down as that of all other technology opponents. There is no way around the video-evidence revolution that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will finalize on Saturday (9:00 am).
“The results so far give us a positive reception,” said IFAB CEO Lukas Brud to the “SID”: “There will be no political decision, but only one based on facts and statistics.” Factual arguments against the inclusion of the “VAR” (Video Assistant Referee) in the rules, there are hardly.
“We were able to correct 75 clear mistakes this season,” said Christian Seifert, Managing Director of the German Football League (DFL), in the British Times in mid-February: “If we are able to avoid 75 clear mistakes, who might make the difference in the relegation battle, in matches for the Champions League or in coach dismissals, then we should also use the video evidence. ”
Video evidence at the World Cup?
At least six of the eight IFAB members must vote for each video evidence. A decision against the technology is very unlikely, conceivable would be at most a middle ground with the extension of the test phase. The four British associations (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) have one vote each, and four the world governing body FIFA, who wants to use the video evidence at the World Cup in Russia (14 June to 15 July). Blatter is strictly against it (“The World Cup can not be used as an experiment”).
But his successor Gianni Infantino is one of the greatest advocates of the aid, which had provided in the first round of the Bundesliga for some heated discussions. “If we have the chance to help the referee, we should do that,” said the Swiss. Some negative headlines like Tottenham Hotspur’s 6-1 defeat of AFC Rochdale in the English FA Cup, with some absurd VAR scenes (long stoppages, difficult-to-grasp decisions) should not matter on Saturday.
FIFA is more innovative than UEFA
In which competitions the video evidence would be used, the respective organizers should decide for themselves. The FIFA Council will meet on 15./16. March in Colombia to mark the World Cup. Seifert confirmed: “If the IFAB allows the video evidence, we will use it in the coming season in the Bundesliga and maybe also in the 2nd Bundesliga.”
In the Champions League, however, the VAR will not help for the time being to avoid wrong decisions on goals, eleven-meter situations, relegations and player confusion. “We will not do that next season,” said Aleksander Ceferin, president of the European Football Union (UEFA) – much to the dismay of Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“I am pleased that FIFA is a bit more innovative than UEFA,” said the 62-year-old, “In the past it has often been the other way around and I am convinced that this is an important signal and an important tool at the World Cup It gives the referees positive support and makes the decisions fairer and more serious, making the game better. “