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VAR is a mess, says UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin


Aleksander Ceferin

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has described the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology as “a mess” that cannot be rectified.

VAR was designed to reduce the number of controversial officiating decisions, yet has received mixed reviews from fans during its introduction in the Premier League this season.

Premier League referees’ chief Mike Riley has confirmed there have been nine mistakes made by VAR this season and football lawmakers IFAB are considering whether to make changes to the technology.

It is a mess,” Ceferin told the Daily Mirror.

“I don’t think the tolerance of one or two centimetres for offside, for example, is enough.

“If you have a long nose, you are in an offside position these days,” he said.

“Also the lines are drawn by the VARS. So it’s a bit subjective drawing of objective criteria.

“We will propose a change to the IFAB. And also for our referees.”

Although VAR is used in the Champions League, a UEFA competition, Ceferin insists overturned decisions are kept to a minimum.

We don’t have many interventions in UEFA competitions because our chief refereeing officer, Roberto Rosetti, said to the VAR: It has to be a clear and obvious mistake,” he added.

“But nowadays it’s a different pressure. If you are the referee on the pitch, even though you have 70,000 or 80,000 people shouting it is you that has to decide – not a person hidden somewhere in London, Berlin or somewhere else.

“I’m not a fan. I was very sceptical and I can say that I don’t like the outcome. Unfortunately, there’s no way back anymore.”

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Leipzig stun Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League last four



RB Leipzig pulled themselves into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their short history with an unlikely 2-1 win over the highly experienced Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on Thursday.

United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory in the 88th minute with a strike from outside the box which took a heavy deflection off Atletico defender Stefan Savic to flummox goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

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The German side went ahead early in the second half with a header from Spanish forward Dani Olmo.

But a disjointed Atletico was shaken into life when record signing Joao Felix came off the bench, earning and scoring a penalty to level in the 71st minute.

Atletico, beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016, looked more likely to score the next goal as they continued to pour forward.

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However, they were caught out on the break and were left shell-shocked by Adams’ strike, which booked Leipzig a semi-final tie with Paris St Germain.

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Ahmed Musa reveals son’s name, shares photo



Nigerian international footballer, Ahmed Musa has shared a photo of his newborn baby on his Twitter page.

The new father also used the medium to announce the name of his son to be Isa Ahmed Musa.

His tweet reads:

“Today is a special day for me as my son will be named. Isa Ahmed Musa .I pray that your name will only be called in places of honour. You will be a solution to your generation and the first amongst your peers. I love you so much”

Recall that about a week ago, the Super Eagles player took to his Instagram page to announce the birth of his son.

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He had written:

“Life is indeed a gift and Allah has decided to give us a gift that can’t be bought with money. He decided to bless my family this morning with a bouncing baby Boy… Mother, baby are doing well Thank you for all your prayers and support always.”

See photo below:

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Man City must be at best to win – Silva



David Silva

Manchester City will need to be at their best level to win the games and try to reach the final, midfielder Bernardo Silva has said.

Silva said Manchester City’s task in the Champions League has not been made any easier by the exits of Real Madrid and Liverpool as every team is capable of winning.

Pep Guardiola’s City eliminated Real in the last 16 while defending champions Liverpool were knocked out by Atletico Madrid.

“The fact that Liverpool are out, Real Madrid are out: it’s not going to make our path easier.

“All the teams in Lisbon are here because they deserve it. We need to be at our best level to win the games and try to reach the final.”

City are firm favourites heading into Saturday’s quarter-final against Olympique Lyonnais but Silva said they would not get complacent.

“Anything can happen, Juventus were knocked out by Lyon, we lost against Tottenham Hotspur last year in the quarter-finals,” Silva told the City website.

“We have seen lots of surprises. It’s very difficult to predict the results in this competition,” he said.

Silva, who was born in Lisbon and began his career at Benfica, said the prospect of lifting the trophy on home soil gave him extra motivation.

“Winning this competition has always been a target for the players and the club. It will be very special to win it. For me, even more so because it’s my city,” he added.

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