«Sport will continue to fight against this established system that insists on not changing» – Sports

Miguel Braga has criticised rivals Benfica and Porto for disapproving of Sporting’s proposal at AG da Liga, which wants to obtain recordings of conversations between the referee team and VAR as evidence in disciplinary proceedings. “Structural measures such as obtaining recordings of conversations between the refereeing team and the VAR to use evidence in the context of disciplinary proceedings – not to mention the constant resistance we’ve seen in other sports like in rugby, referees Explaining the decision to the captain, which can be heard in stadiums and on TV broadcasts, has undeniable teaching value – even other simpler explanations, such as changing the sides of the bench, will minimise the loss of the home team Pressure on the referee team”, the person responsible for Leonine’s communications said in an editorial in Jornal Sporting, also to the FPF board: “The FPF Arbitration Committee also gave a negative opinion on our audio proposal that FIFA and IFAB oppose it Ten years ago, they were also against VAR, which is just as important today as it is today. Being at the forefront means changing mindsets, leading processes.” “Change takes courage, not excuses to justify disapproval of proposed proposals versus certain The gap between the public statements of people. Sporting will continue to work towards a more transparent, fairer and more modern football. And of course, will continue to fight against this installed system that insists on unchanged”, concludes Miguel Braga.

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In order to modernize and make Portuguese football more transparent, Sporting Portugal presented several proposals in this regard at the General Assembly of the Portuguese Professional Football League this week.

Likewise, we can only rejoice at our own proposal to enforce suspension sanctions between the first and last official game dates of each season — ending once and for all with the infamous “holiday penalty”” — we can’t help but Sorry for the refusal of our opponents to approve measures to improve Portuguese football.

Structural measures such as access to recordings of conversations between the referee team and the VAR to use evidence in the context of the disciplinary process – don’t talk further about the continued resistance to what we’ve seen in other sports, e.g. rugby, referees to captains Interpretation decisions, which can be heard in stadiums and on TV broadcasts, have undeniable teaching value – even other simpler sports, such as changing a side’s bench, which minimises the home team’s exposure to the referee’s team pressure.

The FPF Arbitration Committee also gave a negative opinion to our proposal on audio, arguing that FIFA and IFAB were against it. Ten years ago, they were against VAR, which is still relevant today. Being at the forefront means changing the mindset and leading the process.

In December 2020, Sporting CP promoted the ‘The Future of VAR Challenge’ webinar, which brought together a number of international experts to hear the problems and discuss possible solutions to better use the tools already in football: VAR. I would like to remind you that international rugby referees Paddy O’Brian and Nigel Owens (with their own version of VAR called TMO – TV Match Officials), former English football referees Keith Hackett, Greg Barkey, MLS referees (North American Football League), Netherlands Gijs de Jong, Secretary General of the Football Association, Alexander Ernst and Jochen Dree of the German Football Association, Helena Pires of the Portuguese League and José Fontelas Gomes Federation (FPF), Chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the Portuguese Football Association. Eighteen months have passed, and it seems that we have not yet begun to move towards a better future.

Change takes courage, not excuses, to justify the gap between disapproval of a proposed proposal and some people’s public rhetoric. Sports CP will continue to work towards more transparent, fairer and more modern football. Of course, it will also continue to struggle with this installed system that persists unchanged.

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