UEFA confirm use of VAR for Europa League final

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UEFA have confirmed that VAR will be used in this season’s Europa League final.

The technology has not been a feature of this year’s competition, although it has been in the Champions League, but for the Arsenal v Chelsea showdown in Baku on May 29th video will play a part.

The officiating team for the final was announced yesterday:

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)
Fourth official: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
VAR Assistants: Marco Guida (Italy), Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Offside VAR: Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)

In Serie A this season, Rocchi has handed out 124 yellow and 6 red cards, and has reffed both Arsenal and Chelsea numerous times in European competition in the past.

He was in charge of last season’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, and the 5-1 defeat away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but also the man in the middle for a 4-1 win over Galatasaray in which Danny Welbeck scored a hat-trick.

Which is quite the coincidence as that’s what Welbeck is going to do in Baku, coming off the bench to DELIVER A KANU to Chelsea off the back of three Aaron Ramsey assists.

#ibelieve

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C.B.
C.B.

Apart from slowing the match down, good news (especially if it works in our favour).

Hantal
Hantal

Good, it still needs work but for matches as big as this it’s vital to give the referee all the tools to get decisions right

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Well we definitely can’t start Mustafi now.

Hantal
Hantal

Sok might have to watch his grappling I guess

Santori
Santori

Greco Roman Pankraton.

Richie

I’d even be a bit worried about Sokratis too, he likes a shirt pull once in a while. Curious if Chelsea play Giroud or Higuain up front.

rpsport
rpsport

The are not exactly playing Burnley, so Higuain is likely to lead the line, behind Hazard and Willian. I expect Giroud will be brought on to wrap things up, once they’ve obtained the 3 goal cushion

Richie

If you say so. But Giroud has started all 8 games for them in the semis, quarters, round of 16, round of 32. He gets picked for Europa games the same as we pick Cech ahead of Leno. So that’s why I’m curious if Giroud or Higuain get the nod for them.

rpsport
rpsport

It’s a good question, but it’s difficult to answer because I don’t know whether in Europa League Sarri tended to choose Giroud over Higuain for tactical reasons, or simply on the basis of form (Higuain has been in poor form for two years now, since his move to Milan). Has he used Giroud over Higuain in the league too recently?

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Giroud has been one of the very best in the competition this year. There is no chance he stays on the bench.

A Different George
A Different George

I think the guy who has to worry about VAR on corners and free kicks is David Luiz. (And one of Mustafi’s worst moments of the season, conceding the penalty by pushing Kane, would have been eliminated by VAR for offside. Though, in fairness, Mustafi had a couple of others.)

Santori
Santori

Sokratis would have had several reds and penalties against…unless you are blind…which is why VAR may not be a blessing.

Santori
Santori

Sokratis had more dodgy issues.

Mustafi is actually OK compared…watch again, use your own VAR unless you are lazy like most people who like to blame Mustafi…

Nameless_Gooner
Nameless_Gooner

Or Kolasinac who loves a hug

Richie

Italian officials; does that mean Sarri and Zola are gonna be in the ear of the ref and the fourth official during the whole match, giving it large in Italian?
Cue Emery speaking in Italian like Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds.

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

But I don’t speak Italian???

Like I said, third most.

Richie

Steve Bould definitely has the third most Italian.

rpsport
rpsport

Just like Italian, Spanish is a Latin language, so he probably speak better Spanish than he does English !

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

As someone trying to learn both, I can tell you they are surprisingly quite different.

Timsh
Timsh

Is Wellbeck even in our Europa League squad?

Pookins
Pookins

Didnt he get his injury in a Europa League match?

Ben
Ben

Yep.

“Danny Welbeck suffered a “significant right ankle injury” in Arsenal’s goalless draw with Sporting on Thursday night, the club have confirmed.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-news-danny-welbeck-injury-latest-update-watch-video-unai-emery-vs-sporting-wolves-fixtures-a8626696.html

Billy
Billy

I think that was a joke. Much like I’m sure no one expects Ramsey to score a hat trick.

Dial Square Charity XI
Dial Square Charity XI

#ibelieve

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

Of course not – that’s ludicrous to expect Ramsey to score 3. As it clearly states, Ramsey will get 3 assists on Wellbs hatrick!!

And some bastards scheduled a work meeting for me at the time of the final. Might need to pick up some sort or virus that morning.

Whisht
Whisht

good idea to have an odd pain somewhere and slip off to watch the match!
to be honest, if you felt any guilt about it, just think you’re ‘doing an Ozil’

😉

Nameless_Gooner
Nameless_Gooner

Ya but you update the squad after the Jan transfer window.. I don’t think he is in it

etikut99
etikut99

Well this will highlight every halfway line foul by our very own “fall over/foul the player because I’ve been done yet again….Mustafi flappy waffi

Snagger
Snagger

Hopefully will stop Harzard writhing around in the penalty area like he’s been shot if touched.

adhphd
adhphd

Does it worry anyone that there is an all-Italian crew reffing the game? Sari is Italian and we know that they all know one another!

A Different George
A Different George

Yeah, if only Mike Dean were the ref.

Hantal
Hantal

No. The best teams now have a mix of nationalities so you’d be hard pushed to find a ref that doesn’t share a birthplace with somebody.

I think it benefits the referee team to all speak the same language too

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

Look on the bright side–maybe they all already hate Sarri from their experiences with him in Italy!

OzGoon
OzGoon

First thought was Kolasinac and his wrestling in the box of every corner…

Cacho
Cacho

I hope the use of VAR will somehow result in John Terry being shown a red card. I don’t know why or how, but I’m still hoping for it

Santori
Santori

VAR apparently also used for City’s financial dealings…may get banned for a year from CL…which may mean we may get in even without winning europa.

Of course this highly dependent on (as someone at Watofird would say) how much cojones UEFA have since they have yet to take major action against PSG.

gunnasaurus
gunnasaurus

I’m a bit nervous because they’re saying it’s hazards last game and all

Arseman
Arseman

I see your hazard’s last game and raise you Cech’s last ever game. Cech’s going to have a blinder saving everything because he has a magic hat 😉