Celtic legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has warned Scottish officials to avoid making the same mistakes as their English counterparts ahead of the introduction of VAR in the Scottish Premiership this winter.
The former Hoops striker is one of many to worry after several poor decisions by officials last weekend in the English Premier League.
West Ham were denied a last-minute equalizer at Chelsea after Jarrod Bowen was found guilty of fouling Blues keeper Edouard Mendy and Newcastle had a perfectly legal goal ruled out on a bad weekend. end for officials south of the border.
And it has prompted the former Celtic striker to urge Scottish referees not to follow suit as he insists the introduction of technology is to help them, not shame them.
VAR is set to be introduced in Scotland after the World Cup, with many fans worried about whether the rollout will benefit the Scottish game.
But Dalglish believes there is still a long way to go to get the most out of the technology after seeing it used at Parkhead and Ibrox in European matches in recent seasons.
Speaking to the Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “Scottish football will have VAR later in the season and officials are working on that at the moment.
“As is the case in England and in European football, we want him to be there to help our officials, not embarrass them.
“I believe whistlers in Scotland can’t wait for VAR to be up and running. They’re happy to have a helping hand and there’s nothing wrong with that.
“Anything at stake to enable the right decision to be made should be welcomed with open arms.
“There are too many stakes in the game to ignore. Some people still think that VAR ruins the game. I don’t think that’s the case.
“It’s the people in charge of technology to look at. They have to do better.
“Players and managers don’t always get it right, and the same goes for referees. They make mistakes. It’s human error.
“But there shouldn’t be the kind of decisions we saw last week. VAR shouldn’t make so many bad calls.
“It’s very frustrating because VAR was supposed to weed out a lot of the bad calls.
“Other rules that make people tear their hair out are that assistant referees don’t signal when it’s clearly offside.
“They’re told to let the game continue and then report. I just don’t understand that. It irritates most people more than what VAR does.
“It’s the people in charge of the technology who are blamed. Many decisions are still based on opinion. They are not all factual.
“But you are puzzled as to why one VAR official might rule out the West Ham goal, for example, while another might feel that Newcastle’s should be disallowed.
“The second thing for me – and I’ve said this many times in this column – is that we should have a former professional footballer at Stockley Park to give his opinion.
“Referees may know the rules of the game like the back of their hand. But players have a better idea of what is going on in footballers’ heads and on the pitch.
“If you put the two ingredients together, it should make for a better recipe.
“No one should be arrogant enough to believe they know everything inside and out.
“Having said that, I would always give the final decision to the referee on the pitch. Anyone else should only be involved to offer advice.
“Of course there will always be controversy and there will always be debate. It’s okay, and that’s part of the game.
“But we have to do things more often than not, and there were too many bad calls last weekend.”
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