Rabat - The Moroccan player Younes Belhanda has strongly criticized the video assistant referee (VAR), claiming that it is only used for the big nations.
Rabat – The Moroccan player Younes Belhanda has strongly criticized the video assistant referee (VAR), claiming that it is only used for the big nations.
“Everybody knows it, everybody saw it. When it was about making a decision for Portugal or Spain to reject a goal, we did go back to the video. While when we [Moroccan team] asked to watch the action, the referee told us that he was in communication. But actually, he wasn’t communicating with anyone. Nobody told him [the referee] to check,” stated Belhanda.
Belhanda disapproved of using VAR at all: “I am against the video since the beginning. Because it takes out football charm. But when we try to foul you during the gatherings about the VAR… It only serves the big teams.”
Belhanda also spoke about the Moroccan national team’s ambitions and plans. “We should prepare a team for the next World Cup. I think that this new generation has promising young talents who have participated in the current World Cup. In four years it will be them.”
The Galatasaray midfielder finished his talk by showing hope for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the short term and the 2022 World Cup in the long term.