Monday 09 December 2019

‘Possible handball’ – Dutch FA to boost information about video assistance

The Dutch football association KNVB is planning to improve the information provided to supporters about the way decisions are reached using the Video Assistant Referee, or VAR.

The first test will take place on Saturday, when Ajax and PSV meet to contest the Johan Cruijff plate – which marks the official start of the new season.

Messages about the involvement of the VAR, such as ‘possible penalty for handball’ or ‘possible red card for foul’ will be broadcast on both television and on the screens at the stadium, the KNVB said.

The KNVB hopes this will boost supporters’ backing for the video refereeing system after claims they often did not know why the VAR had been invoked last season.

VAR-based decisions were already used during the World Cup in France and during the knock-out phase of the Champions League.

The KNVB says it will now discuss using the new system with premier league clubs during the regular competition. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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