The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used last weekend during the return phase of the sixteenth day of the national championship (Botola). A visibly successful experiment.
“In at least three meetings, the use of VAR was saving and could help avoid errors that could have changed the course of the match,” said Mohamed Lamouajeh, former referee and currently adjudicator.
It is believed that VAR was used wisely during the meeting between “Renaissance de Berkane” and “Hassania d’Agadir”, which ended in a draw (1-1). He said the technique allowed the match official, Karim Sabri, to come back on a foul committed by Hassania defender Malik Cisse and kick him out of the game. Likewise, the VAR allowed the expulsion of Berkane player Ismail Belmkadem.
However, he noted that the VAR is somewhat limited. In question, a fault that could have led to a penalty in favor of Wydad, was not whistled during the match between WAC and El Jadida, last Saturday. Neither the field referee nor the VAR referee, in this case Redouane Jiyed, reversed the action of Zouhair El Moutaraji. This one was jostled in the penalty area at the end of the first period. “The VAR referee must be in full possession of his resources and 100% focused,” said the expert.