After the noise generated by the video arbitration (VAR) in the derby last Saturday, Thibaut Courtois was the last Madrid defender of the new arbitration technology. If at the end of the derby it was captain Sergio Ramos who confessed his acceptance of the system, after having criticized him weeks ago, the Belgian goal welcomed him to the VAR in the Champions League. "I like it, in the World Cup we had a very good experience, there it was very good," defended the Belgian goalkeeper in the press room of the Johan Cruyff Arena.
While his exequipo cries against the use of the VAR by what happened in the Metropolitan, for Courtois the dust that the invention is raising in LaLiga has to do with the ignorance about its application: "Sometimes it is necessary to know a little the rules, the manifest occasions, we must explain it to the fans. Sometimes it's against you. It's more fair for football. "
When Real Madrid felt injured because the VAR did not determine a penalty between Rulli, goalkeeper of the Real Sociedad, and Vinicius, there was not a single spokesman for the dressing room or club that made the defense of the new arbitration system undertaken after the derby. .
UEFA did not plan to implement the VAR until next season. The success of the tool during the World Cup in Russia and the strength that some of the great European clubs have made has hastened its use in the Champions League since these eighth finals.
Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus, led the demand of the great football powers of the continent. The turinese entity felt very harmed last year by arbitration in the return match of the semifinals held at the Santiago Bernabéu. The penalty indicated in the last minute, in a dispute between Benatia and Lucas Vázquez, when the tie was doomed to the extension, urged Agnelli to lead the implementation of the VAR in the Champions.
Skomina, an old acquaintance
For the duel tonight, there was a last minute change in the appointment of the members. On Monday, UEFA allowed the main referee and the VAR referee. The Slovenian Damir Skomina will be in charge of directing the Polish Szymon Marciniak at the foot of the field, instead of the one initially announced. A muscular injury of the latter has led to the exchange of roles. Skomina will be in charge of the VAR to own Marciniak.
Skomina is a regular on European tour of Real Madrid in recent seasons. In the 2010/11 season he refereed the Madrid debut against Ajax (2-0) and also against Lyon in the round of eighth in the Bernabéu (3-0). In 2012/13 he led the first group match against Manchester City at the Bernabéu (3-2), and in the 2013/14 quarter-final in Dortmund against Borussia (2-0). In the 2014/15 edition he officiated two games at home, against Basel in the group stage (5-1) and the round of eighths with Schalke (3-4).
A campaign later led the semi-final first leg against Manchester City at the Bernabéu (1-0). The last match that whistled to the whites was two seasons ago in Madrid, against Napoli (3-1), in the first leg of the round of 16.