"Making the referee's decision more understandable after the intervention of the VAR": Pierluigi Collina, president of the Fifa referees' committee, explains the experimentation that is underway at the Club World Cup in Morocco saying he is "confident that the result will be positive "." We decided to do this process because we received some requests to make the decision taken by the referee after an intervention by the VAR more understandable for all football players, i.e. spectators at the stadium, or in front of the television - he explains - I think that we will offer something useful, I hope, so my thoughts are definitely positive in this regard. I hope the viewers benefit from it. We are at the beginning, it is the first time we have done it, so certainly at thestart may not be perfect, but I am confident that the result will be positive".
Collina points out that "since language could be one of the issues, we thought this FIFA Club World Cup would be perfect because it's a multilingual competition, with teams and, of course, spectators involved from all six different continents."
"Our goal was to protect the referees or not to make their job too difficult, not to put them under too much pressure - he points out - For this reason, communication will only start after the decision has been made. I have to say that there are other experiences in other sports, such as the NFL in American football, doing this for a long time. It seems that referees are quite comfortable with this. In football, language may be an issue,
especially when you have to make this announcement in a language that is not your native language.
It might not be that easy.
But since the announcement will be quite concise, I'm very confident the referees will be comfortable with that."