London, Jan 18: Chelsea mager Antonio Conte has come down heavily on the Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) system saying it must be improved after his team rrowly overcame Norwich City in a dramatic FA Cup third round replay clash at the Stamford Bridge here.
Conte criticises VAR system
The VAR system, now being trialled in both domestic cup competitions this season, came under the scanner when referee Graham Scott judged Willian to have dived in an attempt to win a pelty and showed him a yellow card during the match which ended 1-1 in regulation time before nine-man Chelsea won 5-3 in tie-breaker on Wednesday.
Norwich’s Tom Klose, who was with Willian when he was adjudged to have dived, admitted after the match that he felt he caught the Brazilian.
But as video official Mike Jones did not see a clear error in Scott’s decision, the incident was not subject to a full review.
During the match, Michy Batshuayi put Chelsea in front in the 55th minute before Jamal Lewis headed in the equaliser in the 94th minute to send the tie to extra-time and subsequently pelty shootouts.
“I think that we need to improve if we want to use this new system,” Conte was quoted as saying after the match by ESPNFC.
“The referee took quickly a decision to book Willian. That means you don’t have doubt. If we want to improve we have to wait to check with the person who is watching the game and then, if this person is sure 100 percent that it is simulation, go and book Willian. Instead, I think the person watching the game at least must have a doubt. There is a kick to Willian and he should call the referee and tell him.
“If we want to use a new system, I can’t accept a big mistake. In this case, the Willian pelty was a big, big mistake. Not from the referee on the pitch, but from the person watching the game. If you’re watching the game and don’t see this situation ... I hope the VAR wasn’t a referee because if you see that watching on television and don’t think that’s a pelty ... He has to improve and must improve.”
Chelsea were reduced to nine men in extra-time after Pedro, earlier booked for diving, caught Wes Hoolahan late and Alvaro Morata was shown a second yellow for dissent as he protested being pelised for diving in the box. IANS