VAR officials must be wary of ‘wrong kind of solidarity’ with referees, says Fifa’s referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina

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VAR officials must be wary of ‘wrong kind of solidarity’ with referees, says Fifa’s referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina


Jose Mourinho was upset with VAR official Michael Oliver after Spurs were denied a penalty against Bournemouth

Video assistant referees must not show the “wrong kind of solidarity” with colleagues by failing to correct their mistakes, says Pierluigi Collina.

VAR oversaw three penalty decisions in Thursday’s Premier League games and all were laterdeemed to be incorrect.

Collina, Fifa’s referees’ chief, has called for consistency in the use of VAR all over the world.

“If you belong to a team, you always try to protect your team-mates,” said the 60-year-old Italian.

“If your team-mate made a mistake, you try to find everything to say ‘no, no, no, he was correct’.”

Fifa has taken over the implementation of VAR from the game’s law-making body the International Football Association Board.

Collina warned of a “sort of wrong idea of solidarity” and wants referees to use pitchside monitors to review decisions.

“It’s a sort of friendship I would say,” he told the World Football Summit.

“Referees must understand the solidarity and the friendship that they want to show is to tell their colleague, ‘Be careful, you might have made a mistake – it’s better that you have another chance watching the incident on a monitor, you have assessed probably wrongly,’ so that finally you can avoid a mistake.”

In Thursday’s Premier League games, Bruno Fernandes won a spot-kick which he scored inManchester United’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa, James Ward-Prowse hit the bar after a disputed penalty asSouthampton drew 1-1 with Evertonand Tottenham should have had a penalty for a Joshua King shove on Harry Kane ina 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.

Ex-Premier League official Dermot Gallagher advised that United and Southampton should not have been given penalties, but Tottenham should have been awarded one.

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