Refereeing decision making technology Video assistant referees (VAR) are set to be introduced in the Indian Super League (ISL) for the first time after a series of controversies regarding refereeing decisions over the past couple of seasons.
As per a report by TalkSport24x7, the decision will be announced on Thursday by Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL) chairperson Nita Ambani.
Refereeing standards in the Indian Super League have often come under question by almost all coaches of all clubs in the league.
“While the overall standard of the ISL has gone up, the standard of refereeing has not. We see incredible situations with referees that you normally cannot see in professional football. Refereeing is a big problem. This is something that ISL CEO Martin Bain should look at and try to improve,” Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat had said after a match.
Chennaiyin FC boss John Gregory had also blasted the refereeing decisions following a defeat. He had said, “It was unbelievable, the lack of a decision by both the referee and the linesman, it was a clear-cut penalty. For me, if that referee made that kind of mistake in Europe, you’d never see him again in the top league.“
VAR was most recently introduced in the Premier League this season but it has not stopped the technology from becoming one of the biggest controversies in the league's history. While the technology is helpful, it is definitely not perfect. But again, with the quality of refereeing in India, it is bound to be a boon than a bane.