June 19, 2019
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VAR increased accuracy in ruling penalties to 96.9 percent in Spain's La Liga

Madrid, May 22 (efe-epa).- The usage of video assistant referee, better known as VAR, in the Spanish soccer league increased the accuracy of identifying penalties up to 96.92 percent, with only 1.68 percent of errors out of the total cases during the last season, a study by La Liga’s Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) said Wednesday.

The CTA added that the VAR had corrected 44 errors made by referees with regards to penalty kicks, while 25 other decision remained unchanged.

The CTA president, Carlos Velasco Carballo, and the director of VAR, Carlos Clos Gomez, presented the statistical data for the 2018-2019 season, which said that the use of VAR also allowed a 98.32 percent accuracy in yellow-card cases (1.68 percent error) and 94.61 percent (5.39 percent error) in offside situations.

"It seems almost as if we have existed with VAR all our lives, we are satisfied," the soccer officials said. "The noise of debate has always existed and we can already anticipate that next year in October or November there may be a surge," they added. "This year we have avoided it, but we can already foresee it will happen in February, in March or April and there will be more specific and precise cases, but by May we will hopefully end up like we have this year," they said. "We have become accustomed to the clubs' complaints," they added.

The VAR was involved in assessing 9.5 percent of goals, a total of 4,293 incidents during the whole season, with an average of 12 interventions per game, according to the statistics.

The referees made 66 reviews on the field screens and 55 decisions were made based on facts on the ground, with an average time of 83 second per intervention and 129 seconds per each screen review.

Arguments and cases of trying to fake situations also fell according to the CTA, whose president, Velasco, said that the VAR is part of refereeing but did not represent the whole of refereeing.

He said that Spanish referees had adapted "in an extraordinary way” to the new technology.

“There has always been a degree of fuss,” Velasco said, adding that although there might be more objections next season he was sure the VAR will have improved even more by then. EFE

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