After the match between Dynamo and Villarreal (0:1), the most talked about were two situations: Theophile’s hand who kicked Dynamo was awarded a penalty kick, and Lovro Mayer (Lovro Majer) A corner kick appeared and the player who hit the opponent in the penalty area hit Atim Wen’s head.
If the first situation is a penalty kick, then this assessment should also be in the second situation. Personally, I don’t think any of them are the subject of a penalty shoot-out. Theophile’s situation is not a free throw because the distance between the players is so large that it is impossible to move the hand in either direction. If we follow the rule that the hand is not facing the ball and the player cannot pull it out, it does not count as a free throw. In the second half, after Meyer took a corner kick, the Dynamo player shot in the hands of the Villarreal player, and the ball moved towards the goal completely irrelevant. I’m not sure if the Villarreal player’s hand is further away than Theophile’s. I will classify these situations into the same category. The most important thing is-if you have different standards in a peer-to-peer match, it means that the referee is not doing a good job. I will not judge any free throw opportunities in that game, if I play first, then I will play second.
Manual rules are a big issue in the trial. As new rules are adopted and will be implemented from June 1st, the rules will become bigger, but elite Uefa referees are already applying these rules. There will be a big problem. The judge will have the opportunity to independently assess whether the hand follows the movement of the body. How would commentators and reporters explain to the general audience that the hand does not follow the movement of the body in one situation, but the hand does not follow the movement of the body in another situation? Everything will again depend on the judge’s free judgment, and we return to the belief of the famous free judge.
In this case, digitization is impossible. For VAR and target line techniques, mathematical estimation can be made there. We will never have it. What does it mean if the arm is five to ten centimeters away from the body? For me, it is always important to play with intentions. Three years ago, this was excluded from the rules. We can discuss whether the rules are logical, but we no longer have the intention of playing the rules of the game, and we cannot discuss when the rules are applied.
The rules do not specify whether the player intends to play the ball with his hands (if the ball is 5 cm from his body), and whether he prevents the ball from passing or prevents it. Judges will find themselves in a very embarrassing situation, and there will be more and more complaints about their trials, sometimes justified but sometimes unreasonable. In my opinion, the referee will pray to God that they have no personal injury in the penalty area. We remember that the Italian introduced a rule ten years ago that every hand in the penalty area is considered a free throw. The club and the players are crazy about this and complain a lot. Therefore, the Italians were the first to blockade the attackers with their backs of hands, which is totally unnatural. How to stop the attacker in this way? What to do if the player falls, he will fall, and there is no time to react. The rule was eventually cancelled, it doesn’t matter, if we continue to do this, it will be crazy. If asked, I will return to the original rules, that is, I will use key parameters to introduce whether the player is intentional or unintentional, and whether the hand is in a natural or unnatural position. When the rules are like this, our dilemma is much less. To be honest, I am no longer in those waters.
As for the reaction of our coach and forwards such as Goran Vlaovic, he said he didn’t know how to celebrate today’s goal by waiting five minutes for VAR. I must mention that some games are worth 20 million euros. Because there is only one hinterland, the team may lose a lot of money. I think VAR has fully achieved its goal in the hinterland. Speaking of techniques, there is still a person behind VAR. Maybe the German referee in the Dynamo vs. Villarreal game would make a different assessment of the situation if he watched it again. Much depends on the character of the judge and the people behind VAR. There will always be a dilemma.
Personally, I would like to introduce another rule, which is to use VAR to check all violations within 25 meters of the target. Nowadays, every football team player scores more from 18-meter free kicks than free throws. Let us recall that in the World Cup final, Pitana fouled Griezmann when Croatia did not score a goal. That was the moment the game started and it happened 20 meters from the goal. If VAR can work there, then there will be no violations.
There must be a limit. Her height is now 11 meters, and mine is 25 meters. The rules need to be changed. Due to the corona crisis, we now have 5 substitute players, we may soon overtime, and it is possible to replace the same players as indoor football. Why don’t we have the opportunity to report a nervous player and then bring him back into the game when he calms down and points out something to him?
The rules used to be changed every 20 years, now they are changed every 3 months. It is not the changes in the rules that make us crazy, but the changes in the interpretation of the rules. This is why no one knows anything anymore. Elite judges make mistakes, so we cannot expect Croatia to make mistakes. Croatians always think that they know everything anyway, and it will be difficult to explain this to our audience in the future.
When it comes to manual rules, VAR always leads to dilemmas and trilemmas. Speaking of the hinterland, I don’t understand why coaches and players complain. I calculated that VAR corrected 150 mistakes out of 174 Serie A games opened. There were more than 20 errors, but we corrected 150 errors. Just like the use of AstraZeneca vaccines, the benefits of mistakes are greater. We introduce VAR because a referee’s mistakes can take away millions of euros of profit, and it can also make a club withdraw from the league, which is even worse for some clubs. I understand that some people protest against VAR, but I don’t understand when they complain about emotions. On the other hand, when the team mourns, we have emotions, and then the referee tells them that he is not naked after all, and the celebration begins. For me, VAR is still the best thing that football has ever experienced.
We ran into a situation at HNL and changed the referee committee because we watched several rounds of the VAR circus. It is logical to change here. Are all the members of the judicial authority of the new committee present? I disagree with this, but I think they disagree.