UEFA‘s head of refereeing Roberto Rossetti has insisted that there will be slight tweaks to the use of VAR in the Champions League, including greater transparency and a crackdown on violent play.
Along with the head of the Technical Committee of Referees, Carlos Velasco Carballo met with journalists on Friday at a hotel in Madrid to discuss the use of technology in the game.
“VAR is not perfect, but it will protect the referee who is still the one who decides,” he explained.
“Those in the VAR room will simply recommend [what they have seen].”
In addition, the former Italian referee also made it clear that there will be greater transparency in terms of how VAR is used.
Those in the stadium, as well as those watching on television, will have the same images as those in the VAR room.
As VAR was also implemented to help referees protect the game, it will be used to intervene with violent behaviour from players, as well as racist actions and disrespectful gestures towards referees.
Players who request the use of VAR in UEFA competitions will also be booked.
“VAR will be in use from the start of the game until the players leave the field,” Rossetti added.