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The new VAR in Spain is slower than last season

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Pin Players and coaches have become frustrated at lengthy delays on occasions. EFE
Players and coaches have become frustrated at lengthy delays on occasions. EFE

The new VAR in Spain is slower than last season

BeSoccer by BeSoccer @besoccer_com - 0 298

The use of VAR in the second season in La Liga has received lots of criticism. The time the VAR has taken to make decisions has increased this term.

The VAR is still at the heart of controversy in Spain. Despite the fact it is now in its second season in La Liga, the criticism continues. 

This season, the VAR belongs to British company Hawk-Eye whereas last season it belonged to Spanish TV company Mediapro. So far this season, 30 decisions have been reversed rather than the 26 times last year. What is also true is that there have been 19 OFRs (on field reviews) compared to 10 last year. This could be a possible reason for the longer delays as more subjective calls are being ruled on this term. 

But clubs, fans and players are getting frustrated at the long stoppages when the VAR or referees are making a decision. This season it is 2 minutes 14 seconds on average per decision rather than one minute 31 seconds last season. Although OFRs could be responsible, the delays for projecting offside lines is a bit longer this year than last. 

In Segunda, where it is being used for the first time, there are even longer breaks in play as the VARs are less experienced and have fewer cameras at their disposal. 

In total, the VAR stoppages have been longer in every aspect this year. 2 minutes and one second in goals compared to 1 minute 31 seconds last year, 2 minutes eight seconds on penalties, 37 seconds more than last term and two minutes 49 seconds on reds, 80 seconds longer than in the 2018/19 campaign. Whatever the reasons, many feel the reviews are taking too long

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