La Liga have announced a major change to VAR that the Premier League hasn’t adopted yet despite calls from many.
VAR has been a constant debate since its introduction. Questions around the use of video technology in the game, and the competency of officials using it, continue to swirl.
A string of errors in the Premier League this season, some of which haven’t been overturned or overturned incorrectly by VAR, have come under fire.
Perhaps the most controversial came back in September when Liverpool’s Luis Diaz had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside, with video footage proving that the player was onside.
As a result, the PGMOL – the body responsible for referees in the Premier League – released audio between officials who made the error and admitted to a “significant” human error.
It led to calls for audio between referees and VAR to be made public every time a review is made, a step that La Liga has now taken.
Conversations between Spain’s referees and the Video Assistant Referee will be public under an agreement between La Liga and the Spanish football federation, as reported byESPN.
At the end of each day discussions between officials when an incident has been reviewed using a pitchside monitor will be made available to broadcasters.
“This initiative marks a new era of collaboration and collective work between the RFEF and [refereeing body] CTA and LaLiga, with the aim of bringing greater transparency to professional football refereeing, and the competitions themselves,” the RFEF and LaLiga statement said.
The relationship between La Liga and the football federation has improved significantly since the departure of controversial president Luis Rubiales.
The new audio rules will be officially implemented in La Liga next month after a trial in the Spanish Supercopa.
The announcement could prompt other top league around Europe to follow suit, meaning it might not be long before we hear conversations between officials in England.
Doing so would provide fans with a greater explanation of decisions made by VAR improving the game and transparency overall.
The Premier League have already considered major changes to VAR amid complaints from managers, so this could be the latest in a raft of changes.