Matic nails the ‘only problem’ with VAR: ‘We get cold’

Date published: Monday 19th February 2018 8:56

Nemanja Matic says that “the only problem” with VAR is getting cold after having to wait two minutes for a decision.

The debate over VAR continues after it was implemented in Manchester United’s FA Cup victory over Huddersfield on Saturday.

The technology was used to rule out a Juan Mata goal, with the Spaniard’s knee adjudged to be marginally offside.

Matic says that he is a fan of VAR, but that the time required to use it must be shortened.

“We saw the goal and we are not sure it was offside but the referee made a decision and they saw it on TV and we are happy that we scored again and that’s it,” he said.

“We just waited for the referee’s decision.

“We knew that he waited for the people to see it on TV, to analyse it, but it was a little bit strange because you have to wait two minutes to see what happened, but it’s okay. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not.

“I like it [VAR]. I think it will be better for football, they just have to do it a little bit quicker because we waited so long for the decision. Two minutes is a long time on the pitch but I think, overall, it will be good for football.

“It’s normal that referees make mistakes every game and they can refer it to TV, but it needs to be quicker.

“They have to do it in 30 seconds because, after two minutes, we are cold and this is the only problem. Other than that, I like it.”

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