German Football: Hawk-Eye’s VAR Technical Problems Unacceptable

UDINE, ITALY – AUGUST 20: Assistan look the VAR through the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and AC Chievo Verona at Friuli Stadium on August 20, 2017 in Udine, Italy. (Photograph by Dino Panato/Getty Photographs)

The German Football League has issued a press release with sharp criticism of the “large technical issues” within the Video Assistant Referee system from service supplier Hawk-Eye, calling the outages “unacceptable.”

Use of the VAR system that was supposed to help match officers on the sector with recreation-altering selections was both unavailable or briefly unavailable at occasions throughout three Bundesliga matches on Saturday afternoon, based on the DFL. There was no entry to the calibrated line that assists with video critiques for off-sides.

Two weeks earlier, the DFL reported technical issues that led to the momentary lack of the calibrated line through the VAR system’s debut in Germany on the DFL-Supercup remaining between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

In accordance with the DFL, it might meet with Hawk-Eye administration this week.

The assertion got here only a day after the league reported that VAR had gotten off to a profitable begin in Bundesliga with a match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. The VAR system led to 12 conditions within the match that have been reviewed, together with one name the place the VAR advisable a penalty kick and the choice was modified on the sector in 36 seconds.

The video assistant referee, Dr. Jochen Drees, even stated in a press release that regardless of a storm in Munich, he was capable of keep secure radio contact with the official on the sector. Drees additionally praised the video help middle in Cologne and the 2 video operators who shortly obtained him the digital camera angles.

However the officers making an attempt to implement the brand new system are solely going to achieve success in doing so when they’re free from technical difficulties which have prompted some consternation.