The use of VAR (Video assistant referee) in Champions League debuted last week with comments in favor from UEFA authorities.
“I’m very happy with the way VAR was implemented,” said UEFA‘s head of referees, Roberto Rosetti.
The technology took center stage on CL Game last Wednesday, when Real Madrid faced AJAX (2-1) and goal from Nicolas Tagliafico was disallowed.
VAR in the UCL: in the 38th minute of the Ajax v Madrid first leg, Nicolás Tagliafico’s headed goal was ruled out following a VAR review. The referee identified that Tagliafico’s team-mate Dušan Tadić was in an offside position and interfering with the goalkeeper – pic.twitter.com/sPtZFd6YiB
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 13, 2019
During the game Roma – Porto, a non indicated handball near Porto penalty area was missed by the referee, however a subsequent VAR review showed that the incident was outside the area, and therefore it didn’t intervene and the game continued correctly.
VAR Alert in the #UCL!
For the first time, a goal is given using the VAR system.
Although Porto still lost…#RomaPorto #VMSport pic.twitter.com/C4xSMh8dMi
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) February 12, 2019