The Spanish FA (RFEF) has launched an attack on VAR – following controversy in the weekend game between Athletic Bilbao and Valencia.
The Spanish FA has launched an attack on VAR – following contention in the weekend game between Athletic Bilbao and Valencia, in the Spanish top division league; LaLiga. RFEF have questioned whether the decision to award Denis Cheryshev’s winning goal was correct and they’ve targeted VAR providers Mediapro in a statement.
“Against the most elementary rules of the ethical sporting code and the rules of national and international competition, the producer of the match has put up images of a hypothetical offside line that doesn’t correspond to the [line] of VAR,” the statement reads. LaLiga believe that the official offside line drawn up by VAR didn’t arrive at the mobile unit until the 54th minute of the match. The incident in question happened in the 29th minute of the match and the official VAR line wasn’t shown on TV until the 54th minute.
This opens up the backdoor to distinctive speculations and red flags for antitrust and manipulation. If technology is now used in top-level professional games, will there be hacking attempts and “digital game-fixing”? For fans at home or the stadium, the resemblance of match-fixing is looming without really understand who did what. Fans “trust” that VAR is to eliminate any doubts over the result, practically omitting match-fixing that cast doubt as it did for Juventus before and other top division clubs.