More than 39 Moroccan referees and assistant referees will benefit from the training.
Rabat – Morocco is hosting a training session on the video assistant referee (VAR) at the Mohammed VI Conference Palace in Skhirat, near Rabat.
The training session opened on Tuesday, September 24, with the participation of 39 referees and assistant referees, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation’s (FRMF) Deputy National Referee Director Mohamed Guezzaz said that the adoption of the VAR technique is “dictated by the evolution of football.”
“FIFA has launched the VAR technology to offer referees a tool to reduce errors that have a direct impact on the outcome of the match and in particular on the approval or rejection of a goal or a penalty.”
Guezzaz will supervise the five-day training session, which includes learning the logistical mechanisms required by VAR as well as its methods of use.
The sportsman explained that the first phase of the training session includes the theoretical aspect of the use of the mechanisms and equipment necessary for the VAR technique. There will be a particular focus on the video projecting room of fixed or mobile cameras.
The second step, which will take place in October, will be dedicated to complex arbitration cases, which require further examination to make the appropriate decision.
Morocco has an unfriendly history with VAR, especially in the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA referees at the World Cup deprived Morocco’s national team of the use of VAR in at least 4 instances in its match against Portugal during the 2018 World Cup.
The decision caused Morocco to lose the match and be eliminated in the match against Spain.
In addition to the national team, Morocco’s Wydad of Casablanca (WAC) was also subjectto a VAR controversy. Referees at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) deprived WAC of VAR use after its player Walid Karti scored a goal during a match against Tunisian football club Esperance Tunis (EST) in May 2019.
Gambian referee Bakary Gassama disallowed Karti’s header.
WAC players protested to the Gambian referee, demanding that the VAR be used. To their utter dismay, the referee kept refusing to check the video technology. The team was then informed more than 20 minutes later that the VAR was not functioning.
Commenting on the VAR training session for Moroccan referees, Morocco’s international referee Redouan Jaid said that the use of VAR is in line with the general trend of world football.
He said that Morocco is a “pioneer at the continental level in the adoption of this technology in the national championship.”
He emphasized the importance of VAR in minimizing the mistakes made by referees.
“These errors had in the past caused enormous damage to the national teams by impacting their results,” he said.