If it is here to stay, we have to restrict it to catch the ‘Howler’… but there’s always going to be some debate as to what that means…I propose:
- 3 people in the room - a ref, an ex-player and whoever is operating the video. They make the call whether to overrule the ref
- Has to be unanimous decision - ie. if there is any debate, it is not a ‘howler’
- They can view 3 replays and that includes slow-mo. If it takes more than that, then it is not a ‘howler’
- 20 second ‘clock’ to change the decision; otherwise refs call stands
The point being that we should assume the ref is right and everyone celebrates and runs back ready for kick off. We are trying to use VAR to pretend we can get every decision 100% right, when so many are grey.
Despite their failings, the refs are in the best position to make a call real time and anyone that has followed the game understands that.