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Gomes Provides Update On VAR In The PSL

Victor Gomes, The South African Football Association (SAFA) Chairperson on the Nation Referees Committee (NRC) has confirmed the processes of implementing Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) in the Premier Soccer League is underway.

Gomes was speaking at the inaugural Cosafa Awards, where he was honoured with the Legend Referee title, and addressed the calls for VAR to be implemented in the DStv Premiership amid widespread criticism of the officiating in the league.

“We’re sitting with budget costs for the next two weeks and yeah that’s how far we already, so we’ve gotten quite far over the past year working, it’s not something you just switch on and say yes we’re going to do it,” Gomes said.

“We need to go through the processes, go through the budgets, go through everything, it’s an intense process. As I said, VAR is the future of football, it will help PSL, it will help any league in the world, and VAR is here to stay.”

Gomes conceded the league isn’t ready for the technology at present, with various factors in play, which includes the infrastructure in stadiums, broadcasters and officials being trained to make use of the technology which has already been implemented in CAF competitions.

“No, we’re not ready but it’s a process, it’s like a pilot license, there’s a certain number of hours the referees need to go through, we need to start that training, we’re ready to start training, and it’s not only referees, broadcasters also need to come on board, so it’s a big process,” he added.

“But we don’t want to rush something and get it wrong, we want to bring it in, do it correctly so everybody trusts it.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.