Arsene Wenger has spoken about the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR), and says that football is ‘stupid’ and ‘regressive’ for not having introduced it earlier.
The system was seen in high profile this week during an international friendly between France and Spain, and the Arsenal manager – a long time proponent of providing video assistance to officials – has welcomed its use on a number of levels.
“I watched the game against Spain, and after I thought ‘We are really stupid. Why did that not happen 15 years ago?’
“It just shows that the football is still a regressive world that is scared to move forward. And I believe that should have happened a long, long time ago.
“I was always in favour of it and I always said the first thing it should deal with is offsides, and there many impacts of that.
“First of all, that you would have come to a completely different conclusions if you didn’t have video because France would have won the game.
“Secondly, I believe as well that it will create more justice. And the third thing, it will definitely cut out all the interference and the desire to corrupt referees that exists in the world.
“This video will be a very good plan to fight against that as well.”
He certainly seems to get passionate when touching on that third point, as you can hear below.
It’s definitely a game-changer and there are suggestions that it will be trialled in England next year during the FA Cup.