Jose Mourinho Says Video Assistant Referee Needs Adjustments

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The Sun (UK)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that the Video Assistant Referee systems could benefit from some adjustments to help it give fair decisions.

When people ask us if we like it, if we don’t like it, if we agree with it or don’t agree with it, I think honestly it’s a question for the referees,” Mourinho said, according to MUTV.

“They want to perform the best they can. They don’t like to make mistakes, and sometimes they make mistakes because it’s a human mistake and you cannot go over it unless you have some technological support.

“So if the referees are happy with that technological support, then yes, let’s go for the VAR. I think, from my perspective, I like the feeling. Of course, they need adjustments. They need to make sure that they don’t change the dynamic of the game too much, the emotion of the game too much — people waiting a couple of minutes to know if they can jump [and celebrate] because it was a goal.

“But from my professional perspective, I like the feeling of a right decision is coming. It’s a penalty or not a penalty, it’s hand ball or not hand ball, it’s a red card or not a red card. I think a fair decision is a feeling that I like.”

The system was used 3 times in the first half of the Liverpool/West Brom game back on January 27th which also marked the first time in English football that a referee used a pitchside television replay.

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