The former “world referee” Markus Merk critically commented on the implementation of the video assistant in the Bundesliga. “How can it happen that a 100 percent wrong decision remains despite the VAR reinsurance?” Asked the 60-year-old in an interview with the kölner Stadt-Anzeiger: “This is the Super-Gau.”
The technology is only as good as the person who uses it, Merk continues: “Here we have a problem.” However, the actual error is elsewhere: “Far too many scenes are checked,” said the former FIFA referee. “This is the wrong way!
The Bundesliga referees would rely too much on the video assistant, Merk said: “Of course it is human to hold back if you have a backup. But that’s why the problems come.” You have to train the referees to “carry the main responsibility on the field” again.
According to Merk, it is also problematic that the performance principle in the Bundesliga hardly applies. “In the past 20 years there may have been one or two referees who had to leave the league for reasons of performance.”
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However, Merk had no understanding for the violent criticism of the ex-university Manuel Gräfe, who had accused the DFB referee in the bild-Zeitung. “His approach is based on a personal level,” he said about Gräfe. “Nobody should claim to say that if you had taken more into account, the football world would be a better one.”