Malaysian Football League CEO says VAR is generally well received by teams

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — More positive than negative reactions to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system being tested in pre-season matches ahead of the 2024/2025 Malaysian League (M-League) Datuk Stuart Ramalingam said that there were more negative reactions. .

The Malaysian Football League (MFL) CEO said five of the eight pre-season matches selected for VAR testing have been completed.

However, he said a more “mature” period was needed to ensure the VAR system was properly adapted.

“The provision of new technology requires time to adapt, apart from aspects of operations, production, broadcasting and the users, namely the referees themselves.

“I think these eight matches have been carefully chosen to provide training space for referees and clubs, as well as the necessary broadcast production,” he said at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil here today. Speaking to reporters at the “Play True Day” event.

VAR testing will be conducted from April 23 to May 4, and teams participating in selected pre-season matches include KL City FC, Negeri Sembilan FC, Sri Pahang FC, Kelantan Darul Naim, PDRM Includes FC.

The VAR test aims to identify any problems that may arise so that the MFL can rectify them before the system is introduced for the 2024/2025 season, which starts on May 10.

At George Town, Penang FC coach Akmal Rizal Ahmad Lakri said VAR is a good initiative as it allows referees to make more accurate decisions.

“This is the first time for players and officials to use VAR, but we can see how useful VAR is in matches held in other countries.

“Decisions made through VAR can satisfy not only the team but also the supporters in case of a conflict,” he told Bernama after attending a briefing on VAR at the Komtar auditorium here today.

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