Don’t just blame the referees.
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Pausing the game, even for a minute, as a referee consults the VAR, is not embarrassing, as Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino argued after confusing episodes during an FA Cup game against Rochdale Wednesday. But there are simple solutions to make VARs less disruptive and it starts, as so often at FIFA, with better communication.Too often it is unclear if a referee has consulted the VAR, and unexplained delays can be irritating in a fast-paced game. That would also prevent referees being overzealous and deferring to VAR beyond the specified game-changing scenarios: goals, penalties, red cards and mistaken identity.FIFA could take the unpopular decision to dilute the geographic spread of officials by only taking those from domestic leagues with VARs. The alternative is securing loan moves for referees on the World Cup list to gain familiarity in the Bundesliga, Serie A and Major League Soccer where VARs are used in all games.
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