Antonio Conte attacks new VAR system following ‘big mistake’

Antonio Conte attacks new VAR system following ‘big mistake’

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte said the video assistant referee system must be improved after his side’s controversial penalty shoot-out win over Norwich in their FA Cup third-round replay.Chelsea prevailed 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, but finished the match with nine men having had three players booked for simulation, with Pedro and Alvaro Morata subsequently receiving second yellow cards, Morata for his furious response to being booked.The decision to book Willian provoked the most controversy as he was clearly clipped by Timm Klose, but there was no apparent referral to the VAR, with referee Graham Scott appearing to rule Willian was already on his way down when the contact occurred.Conte said: “I think that we need to improve if you want to use this new system. Today in this game there is a situation very clear, the situation is with Willian at the start of the first half of extra-time.“I think the situation was very clear. I watched and this is a penalty, very clear. This is not because I’m not happy for a referee decision. The referee took quickly a decision to book Willian. It means you don’t have doubts. If you do this quickly it means you don’t have doubt.“Instead, if you want to improve, it’s only to try to improve this new system. You have to wait, to check with the person watching the game. Then if this person is sure 100 per cent then ‘OK, this is simulation, book him’. Then book Willian.“At least you must have a doubt because there is a kick to Willian. In this case you have to call the referee and to say there is a doubt.”Conte felt Jones should have suggested Scott, who as on-field referee has the final say, review the incident on the pitchside monitor.“The Willian penalty was a big, big mistake,” Conte said.“I hope this wasn’t a referee (as VAR). If you don’t see this when you’re watching TV, maybe when you’re on the pitch it would be impossible to see this type of situation.“I watched it in the changing room and I think it was very clear.“It was a big mistake. To avoid a big mistake you have to call the referee and to say: ‘Oh look, maybe this situation this is a doubt. It’s better if you go to watch’.“Otherwise we cut the power to the referee on the pitch, and that is not right.“If we want to improve – it’s only to try and improve the system – we have to wait to check with the person who is watching the game and then, if this person is sure 100 per cent that it is simulation, go and book Willian.” 1last_img

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