Bundesliga Heads Slam VAR

Coaches and executives of Bundesliga clubs continued to express their frustration with the video assistant referee (VAR) system during the opening weekend, with Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann calling it “a stupid period of video watching, ESPN reports”.


Even after the technology worked well at the World Cup, several games were overshadowed by what Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel called a “shambles,” starting with contentious decisions in defending champions Bayern Munich’s 3 -1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday.

Franck Ribery earned a penalty at 1 – 1 when he fell as he tried to get past a tackle from HavardNordtveit, then Robert Lewandowski was ordered to take it again when Arjen Robben encroached in the area.

Nagelsmann was particularly critical of the VAR, who was watching in Cologne, for not intervening on the initial penalty decision.

“Why the buildup to the penalty was not checked is a mystery to me,” Nagelsmann told reporters after the game.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac agreed that the decision to award the penalty was not “crystal clear” and said he would not have awarded it.

The issues continued on Saturday, which was punctuated by the sight of referees consulting pitch -side monitors and talking on their headsets to the VAR.

Referee Patrick Ittrich initially sent off Wolfsburg striker WoutWeghorst before allowing him to continue in a 2 -1 win against 10 -man Schalke.

Weghorst was shown a red card after barging into Guido Burgstaller, but the referee changed it to a yellow after it was reviewed.

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