He is not a DJ but he may be a man to send the sound on the lawns of Ligue 1. The referee Antony Gautier, 45, appointed boss of the technical direction of arbitration (DTA) to replace Pascal Garibian a month ago, came out in favor of a large sound system for the referees, as he said in an interview with L'Equipe on Tuesday.
“I want to make the operation of VAR even more transparent, even if there is always a part of interpretation by the referee, he explains.
The IFAB (the international body that guarantees the laws of the game) has just decided in mid-January to authorize, on an experimental basis, for the next twelve months, the referee to communicate to spectators and television viewers his decision at the end of viewing at the edge of the pitch.
This is a very valuable first step in explaining how decisions are made by video assistance.
Moreover, Gautier demonstrates his voluntarism in a file in which progress is extremely cautious on the part of international bodies.
“The FFF, the day after the IFAB meeting, applied for France to experiment with this new system (communication after viewing) and more generally with continuous and live sound at the meetings.
The new refereeing boss is not able to communicate a deadline but he ensures that France is in pole position, in terms of the sound system of matches.
"The decision depends on the IFAB but French football is ready to engage in this development," he said.
I hope that the French referees of professional competitions, when we have the authorizations, will be ready to bring the sound system live and continuously to L1 matches.
France is the first nation to have officially positioned itself.