After Premier League controversies and criticism from players and managers, PGMOL posts a job posting for VAR operators.
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited, (PGMOL), has published an advertisement for new VAR officials. The applicants do not need to have any experience. The Referees were criticized by several clubs this season for a series errors that occurred quite frequently. PGMOL (the body responsible for refereeing professional football games in England) has been criticised multiple times over VAR mistakes in high-profile match. It appears that the PGMOL is eager to clean up the mistakes with new officials at the helm.
The job description is looking for candidates with the ability to “Proved Clear Communication Under Pressure” There are “capable of reflecting on their performance.” “Identify when VAR should intervene,” As well as an “Ability to focus, and great communication skills.”
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According to The Sun, The Premier League wants to hire more VAR officials. PGMOL has published a job advert to this effect. This season VAR has been under fire for a string questionable rulings which have angered players, managers and fans. The top officials in the game have been given an advertisement, but they do not need to be experts in VAR.
Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, called VAR an “embarrassing system” after his team lost 1-0 due to a controversial Anthony Gordon goal. The Gunners released a statement to justify their manager’s comments.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, requested a review when Luis Diaz’s offside goal was incorrectly disallowed in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham. Gary O’Neill of Wolves accused VAR for making significant mistakes that cost him points. PGMOL boss Howard Webb has apologised several times, including for the Diaz gaffe.
VAR was also criticized for its excessive delays. One of them lasted for more than seven minute during Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Tottenham on Monday. The game lasted 112 minutes, and included two red cards and 5 disallowed goals.