LONDON – It could take 10 years to perfect VAR, according to football’s lawmakers.
Lukas Brud, secretary of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), made the startling admission after another controversy-filled Premier League weekend.
On Saturday, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was seething after a late winner from Gabriel Jesus was overturned following a VAR check because of an unintentional handball in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
Brud believes the new handball rule – which makes any contact with the hand or arm in the build-up to a goal illegal – will improve consistency.
But he admitted VAR will take some bedding-in, with potentially a decade-long wait until it is flawless.