PSL reveals 'crazy' argument against VAR


The PSL has responded to the loud calls to introduce Videos Assistant Referee technology in the Absa Premiership.

There was more controversy last night as outraged Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama slammed a call not to blow for offside for Orlando Pirates' goal that led to a 1-0 defeat for his side.

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SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo recently bemoaned the officiating in the PSL and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has been the loudest voice calling for VAR technology to help referees.

Acting PSL CEO Mato Madlala has explained the situation after so many cries of poor officiating in South African football this season and reveals that it is not about being ready to introduce the VAR system, it is a matter of ownership of stadiums.

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"It's not about us being ready for VAR, there are a lot of logistical challenges that we face as the League. We all know there's isn't a single venue that football owns in this country, which is crazy," Madlala said.

"We are the biggest-supported sport, we are the biggest code, but we don't own a single venue. We do not have a Wembley. If you look all over the world where they've installed VAR, it's their venues. We don't [have our own].

"In South Africa we are gypsies. Football, we are like gypsies, we move from one venue to the other, and that's one of the challenges that we are facing in terms of where do you install this VAR."

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Madlala says the PSL is working to find answers on whether or not they can bring VAR to the country but reminds people of the fact that no club in South Africa owns its own stadium, which is a serious obstacle to the technology's implementation.

"Second school of thought is that it must be central, maybe in Joburg where we've got premises, offices, we buy space, we install, we monitor from there, so we are still facing those challenges.

"We are doing studies, we are going to different areas, different countries where they've installed it differently to see how it works, so we are still weighing those options.

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"So it's not about we are ready or not, the biggest challenge is our history where we do not have a venue, no-one has a venue. You play at Mabhida, you play at FNB, we play all over, we are just gypsies.

"So that's the message I'm saying to the supporters, it's not through our own unwillingness that we haven't looked at VAR, we are. But we do not have venues.

"It would be very nice if every single team in South Africa has a venue, then we can look at going jointly, to go and source money for all our teams to install VAR."

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