UEFA Could Scrap VAR in Champions League Due to Coronavirus

Paris Saint-Germain have a complicated history with video assistant referee (VAR) and the UEFA Champions League.

Against FC Barcelona in 2017, having VAR would have likely prevented La Remontada. Last season again Manchester United, VAR was used to give the Red Devils a last-minute penalty to send PSG crashing out of the competition.

With those examples in mind, I’m not sure what to make of the news that UEFA is could decide to get rid of VAR due to the coronavirus.

According to RMC Sport (via TalkSport), UEFA will discuss VAR and other topics in relation to the Champions League and Europa League at their executive committee meeting on Thursday.

In terms of VAR, the worry is that because of the confined space of the control room, officials cannot properly adhere to social distancing guidelines while watching the match.

Currently, both European competitions are suspended indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic but teams could return to the pitch in August according to one leaked report.

Whether VAR is available or not, PSG players shouldn’t be bothered by whatever decision is made. They’ve learned over the years that they can’t leave the result of a match up to an official.

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