Introduce VAR in the Indian Super League immediately

Introduce VAR in the Indian Super League immediately

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Sayan Majumdar started this petition to Indian Super League and

The Indian Super League is a professional football league which represents the sport's highest level in India. ISL garners massive interest amongst the Football fans across India and is slowly starting to make a global name by attracting renouned players and coaches. The 2020 season is historic in its own way with the inclusion of two iconic teams SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan.

While ISL has come a long way and is bound for more success in the years to come, the refereeing continues to be shambolic and appalling. The refereeing errors keep piling up with the passage of each match and it is extremely difficult to watch and stay silent about it. 

Refereeing has always been a concern in the ISL and top players, coaches and pundits have always voiced their concerns on this important aspect of the game. Players and Team’s careers have been ruined and winning chances lost because of the poor decisions of referees and it is time we rely on technology to rectify these human errors.

Things need to change fast as the ISL season is already underway. In the opinion of most football fans, VAR must be introduced immediately in whichever limited way possible to uphold the best interest of Indian football. 

According to FIFA, referees fall back to VAR in three main incidents, as under:

Firstly, VAR assists the referee to determine whether to award a goal or not.

Secondly, VAR helps the referee to make the right penalty decisions. VAR ensures that the referee does not give penalty wrongly, as well as call back the referee’s attention to a penalty they missed.

Thirdly, VAR ensures that referees make the correct direct red card incident decisions in a football game. 

VAR has been in existence for a long time in this cricket loving nation and I do not understand why it cannot be implemented successfully in the ISL.

I urge the ISL and the AIFF to introduce VAR with immediate effect in the current season of the ISL to uphold the best interest of football. 

Sincerely,

Every Indian football fan

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