Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, believes it’s strange using VAR in the Carabao Cup and not the Premier League, questioning the competency of English officials to use the technology.
The comments were instigated by Harry Kane’s controversial penalty decision, which allowed Tottenham Hotspur to nick a 1-0 win over the Blues in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Kane was initially waved offside when he snuck behind the Chelsea back-line before being brought down by Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 26th minute. VAR, however, intervened and overturned the referee’s decision, handing Tottenham the chance to convert from the spot.
Point of VAR is to help referees make better decisions. Using an angle that’s actually worse than the assistant’s – who got it right first time – to then overrule him is really not the way to do it. Sarri right to feel aggrieved.
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) January 8, 2019
Sarri, who felt hard done by the decision, branded VAR’s selective usage as strange and tipped the English officials to get the hang of the technology.
“In Italy there is VAR and in the first period it was a disaster, it was really very difficult for the referee to get used to the system and I think here the referees are not ready to use it in the right way,” Sarri insisted, as quoted by ESPN.
“For example, from the image from our camera [Chelsea’s video analysis camera], Kane was offside, clearly offside, but it is not important. What is more important is the linesman stopped his run, he did not follow the ball so for the players on the pitch it is clearly offside. So I think he had a big influence on our defenders. So I think they need to study better this system.”
Sarri says VAR is not ready to be used in this country. He notes the assistant referee stopped his run, which had an influence on our defenders, and says from the footage on our analysis cameras Kane was clearly offside. #TOTCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 8, 2019
“It is strange in the Premier League there is not this system and then in the Carabao Cup there is suddenly the system. It is strange for us and for the players, but also for the referees I think,” he concluded.