Conference League: VAR will be activated for Feyenoord-OM

UEFA has announced the presence of VAR for the semi-finals and final of the conference league, while the tool has not been used in the competition this season. It would therefore concern the double confrontation between OM and Feyenoord Rotterdam.

UEFA announced on Thursday that video assistant refereeing (VAR) will be used from the Europa League conference semi-finals, the only continental competition in which the technology has not yet been deployed this season. VAR will also be used in the final of this competition to be held in Tirana, Albania on 25 May.

Its use can be extended to the entire competition in the next season.

“The possible deployment of VaR from the previous round of the competition in the next season is under study,” UEFA said in a press release. The semi-finals of the Europa League conference will take place on 28 April and 5 May against AS Roma against Olympique de Marseille and Leicester against Feyenoord Rotterdam.

The equipment hasn’t been used since the start of this new competition last summer. And this gave rise to many controversial decisions. Stade Renais condemned a number of unfavorable decisions (not whistling four possible penalties) during its elimination in the round of 16 against Leicester in particular.

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The provisions of the VAR are present in the Competition Rules in Article 50, called “Video Assistance for Referees”. But it is the responsibility of the clubs to enforce the system. Organizers had initially planned that this device would only affect the finals but other matches could be subject to it.

VAR was originally set for the final

“In principle, the VaRs can be used only in the final, says paragraph 50.03. However, UEFA may decide to use the VaRs in other matches as well or not to use them in the finals. If for any reason Matches may start and/or end without VAR if necessary, any failure, unavailability, use or non-use of video referee assistance in any way affects the validity of the referee’s decision, which in all cases is final.”

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