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Could VAR Come to the Champions League?

UEFA is reconsidering VAR, and one former Bayern man would have been happy to see it used earlier.

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After the World Cup became the first major football tournament to implement a Video Assistant Referee, it seems that every other major league and cup competition is following suit.

Today, UEFA announced they are considering incorporating the system in the Champions League, but the organization did not announce a time table for when such a decision would be made.

UEFA released a statement earlier today:

UEFA is constantly looking at ways in which it can improve its competitions and we are looking closely at the implementation of video assistant referees that are currently being trialled in various competitions. We still see several uncertainties regarding the implementation of VAR and we think it is extremely important that the scope of application, interpretation and technological support are clear to all — including spectators — and fully proven. The implementation of VAR on a European scale presents a number of difficulties in the operational, logistical and refereeing areas. Any decision in this respect would require careful assessment of the available solutions and resources needed.

One of the biggest logistical and operational difficulties would be installing VAR in every European stadium that competes in the UCL. Not even every Premier League stadium has such a system, but at least those clubs have the money to install the proper equipment. Teams in smaller countries such as Croatia or Ukraine, however, both of which have seen teams reach the round of 16, may not have enough capital to prepare in time.

A favorable decision by UEFA would receive support from fans and players, including former Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal. Vidal, now at Barcelona, commented on the announcement today:

With VAR, Bayern Munich would have two more Champions League titles.

With a competition as important as this one, implementing VAR seems like a simple move to prevent the Viktor Kassais of the world from making terrible decisions in important games.

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