Thursday Aug 22, 2019. 10:00
Egypt and Liverpool forward Mo Salah has hit out at the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), suggesting it is ruining the excitement and drama of football, though he believes it will earn him more penalties this season.
VAR was introduced in the English Premier League this season and Salah is no fan, saying mistakes from match officials are part of the theater of football.
“I don’t like it. That’s my answer, always. I don’t like it. I love football how it is. It’s like that with the mistakes of the referee, with the aggression from the player sometimes,” Salah told CNN.
“It’s OK sometimes to protect the players from dangerous play. But OK, that’s it, in my opinion, that could be the only reason that it happened, just to protect the players.
“But for me, I accepted the football with the mistakes of the referee, mistakes of the player, I don’t know, whatever. That’s how the football gets more excited.”
But he believes there is one bonus, that he will be on the right side of more referees calls in the 2019/20 campaign.
“The impact of VAR on the season? More penalties for me, you will see that,” he said.
VAR has already made a controversial introduction to the Premier League in the early weeks, denying Manchester City a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur.