"The VAR is not perfect, it was already said from the beginning, nor does it intend to eliminate football errors, only clear and obvious mistakes," explains Velasco Carballo, president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA). The first round ended, 190 games, and the CTA wanted to take stock of the actions of the members and the operation of the VAR, so called into question in the last days. "We are satisfied with the level of success and with the fluidity of the game, the quick checks, which was one of the fears at the beginning," said Carballo before moving on to self-criticism and numbers.
What the referees have done wrong: «The management of some incidents that occurred in the last minutes. Prevention. The evaluation of serious abrupt play and continue working on the unification of criteria, both in the field of play and in the video operations room », says the president of the CTA. "The objective is the zero error, although it is probably impossible, but we do not give up fighting for it," he adds.
Regarding the numbers, the referees handle the following:
First, arbitration in general and the VAR.
As a starting point, each meeting, says Carballo, is reviewed once finalized to detect possible failures. According to the numbers obtained from these studies there have been 397 incidents in the penalty area in these 190 games: 53 were reported and 341, no. Colleagues guessed right in 371 and were wrong in 26. Of those 26, the VAR corrected 19 and seven were not corrected because they were thought to be unclear and manifest or because they were wrong. «This intervention of the VAR makes the errors in these plays are reduced by 4.79», says Velasco
They have shown 976. "Our analysis says that we had to have shown 74 more. It also says that 21 were incorrectly removed and 955, well », assures the president of the CTA. The VAR does not intervene in these actions.
They have removed 15 direct reds, of which 4 were thanks to the contribution of the VAR. "We consider that five were not shown," reveals Velasco Carballo.
There were 1,978 actions. In 838 the referees raised the flag and did not do so in 1140. 1850 interventions were correct and 128 erroneous. "The VAR corrected 22 failures that end in a goal, which reduces errors by 1.11 percent offside," says the "boss" of the referees.
481 goals have been scored. "The VAR has intervened in 30, so it has helped to correct 6.23 percent of errors," explains Velasco Carballo. "15 goals have been canceled by the intervention of the VAR and 15 awarded thanks to the contribution of the VAR," he continues.
Numbers regarding the VAR in particular
He has had 59 reviews (an average of slightly more than one every three per game), 30 affect goals, 20 penalties, 6 red cards and 3 identity confusion. In 26 of those 59 VAR actions, the field referees have gone to review them (they do it in plays of interpretation as penalties, red …) and in 33 they have listened to the recommendation of the VAR (actions like outside of game or penalty inside or outside the area). According to the data of the referees, the reduction of protests with respect to the past course is of 9.4 percent, and that of the simulations goes to 75. The average intervention times have been: if the referee does not go to the screen to review it and heed the VAR, 69 seconds; if it goes, 11.
"The referees make mistakes, but the statistics are to be satisfied," said Velasco Carballo, after showing the video of how he managed the VAR (you can read the information on the side), some of the most controversial actions, such as Penalty not called to Getafe in Bilbao or Vinicius at the Bernabéu against Real Sociedad. "Everything is checked, the field referee can not review plays, and will only see if the VAR considers that there has been a clear and manifest error," he insists, as a reminder and to avoid suspicion. The president of the CTA also shows off the short time it took to adapt to a new system, despite criticism from some presidents, coaches and players. «It is normal that there are doubts. In Germany there were demonstrations, in Italy it was thought to remove it, and here in six months the adaptation has been good, "he concludes.