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VAR will count for nothing if the standard of refereeing remains so poor

“I am convinced that it should go well,” announced referee Jochen Drees ahead of the introduction of VAR into the 2. Bundesliga, prior to the 2018/2019 season. “We now have a wealth of technological components,” the 49 year old added.

Each Second Division club had to pay around €180,000 to facilitate VAR, with the vast majority also having to invest in fibre optic cables, so that video pictures could be sent back to the referee centre in Cologne as quickly as possible.

VAR has been in operation in the highest tier of German football, the Bundesliga, since the beginning of the 2017/2018 season.

With such confidence, as well as an opulence of technological infrastructure, one would imagine that the standard of refereeing has never been higher. In theory, that is the case.

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