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France: Collina defends VAR and goal-line technology after WWC controversies

0 26.06.2019 Инфо

M/S Stage with Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA Referees Committee, Massimo Busacca, FIFA's Director of Refereeing, and Kari Seitz, FIFA Senior Refereeing Manager
SOT, Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA Referees Committee: "We are not making any experiment. We are simply implementing the laws of the game in all the competitions as the laws of the game say."
M/S Photographer *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA Referees Committee: "We have to enforce what is written in the laws of the game. If a goalkeeper moves both feet off the goal line before the penalty kick is taken, we have no other choice then — if the goalkeeper saves the penalty — to order the penalty kick to be retaken. I repeat, it's not a matter of small encroachment or big encroachment. It is a matter of encroachment. And this is what we can do by using technology. Because technology, according to the laws of the game, can be used to check offenses committed by the goalkeeper when a penalty kick is taken."
W/S Collina, Busacca, Seitz on stage *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA Referees Committee: "I think most of the problem came after Argentina—Scotland. I think most of the problem came because of how the match went through: 3:0, 3:3, so it created... because two days before the same penalty kick was retaken in Jamaica—Italy and nobody complained, nobody said nothing. So probably it was because of how the match went through."
M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA Referees Committee: "[...] that possibility: the penalty would not have been retaken. What could have been the reaction of Argentina and Nigeria? Because that decision could have costed Argentina not to have hope for one day. Argentina hoped for an extra day until the result... you know what happened. And Nigeria also. Nigeria went through only because that penalty was retaken."
M/S Collina showing picture on phone of last night's match of Netherlands and Japan *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA Referees Committee: "We had some turbulence in a match here where unfortunatelly — well, fortunately for my side — all the decision were correct at the end. And [if] those decisions could have been wrong, we're not against one team. So honestly, I think it's more something generated, probably we were late. Maybe we should have spoken before, trying to clarify some aspects."
M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA Referees Committee: "So it's something that came from Poland and we were able to implement here, to avoid further problems and certainly — as this is a temporary dispensation — certainly it will be rediscussed after the end of the summer competition. So also, of the Copa America, that they had the same temporary dispensation. It will be discussed at IFAB level."
M/S Collina showing picture on phone of last night's match of Netherlands and Japan
W/S End of press conference
SCRIPT
FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina held a press conference in Paris on Thursday, where he commented what was perceived as controversies in relation to the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and the goal-line technologies at the Women's World Cup.
"We are not making any experiment. We are simply implementing the laws of the game in all the competitions as the laws of the game say," Collina stated.
The official also defended the referees of the Argentina vs Scotland match, who ruled in favor of Argentina to retake and score a penalty which they missed in the intial attempt.
"We have to enforce what is written in the laws of the game. If a goalkeeper moves both feet off the goal line before the penalty kick is taken, we have no other choice then — if the goalkeeper saves the penalty — to order the penalty kick to be retaken. I repeat, it's not a matter of small encroachment or big encroachment. It is a matter of encroachment," said Collina.
"I think most of the problem came after Argentina—Scotland. I think most of the problem came because of how the match went through: 3:0, 3:3, so it created... because two days before the same penalty kick was retaken in Jamaica—Italy and nobody complained, nobody said nothing. So probably it was because of how the match went through," he added.