The controversy over the penalty offered to PSG against Lyon on Sunday evening will perhaps precipitate the adoption of a new measure: the sound system for the referee.
Will the referees officiating in Ligue 1 soon be equipped with a microphone – like their counterparts working in the Top 14 – so that the various exchanges within the refereeing body, including with the VAR, escape no one? This is a possibility currently being studied by the Professional Football League, which via the president of OGC Nice Jean-Pierre Rivère, appointed by the boss of the LFP Vincent Labrune to lead a working group dedicated to refereeing, is preparing to apply to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for authorization to broadcast live the sound of the referees and the VAR.
A reflection all the more advanced as the latest controversy in the French championship concerns arbitration and the use of VAR. Sunday evening at the Parc des Princes, during the victory of Paris on Lyon (2-1), Mr. Turpin should undoubtedly have used video assistance to verify the penalty generously awarded to PSG after an alleged foul by the youngster Bad taste on Neymar. « It is time for football refereeing to make its revolution, to be transparent: the only solution is to have referees with open microphones, like in rugby, just like VAR exchanges. “, Tweets this Monday the president of OL Jean-Michel Aulas, who had qualified Sunday evening the penalty in question of aberration.
Brisard did not help Turpin
Polled today by Le Parisien, the former international referee Bruno Derrien also wonders about this specific action. « The referee sees the players from behind, so he is behind them. When I see the images, Neymar puts his hand on the Lyonnais’ neck and then he falls. For me, there is no contact and the penalty was not necessary. This decision to whistle the penalty should have been corrected by the VAR. It’s astonishing that Jérôme Brisard (one of the assistant referees dedicated to the VAR Sunday evening, editor’s note), an international referee, did not alert him. He could have told her: « The fault is not so obvious, so I invite you to go and consult the screen. » And maybe Turpin could have changed his mind. Earlier there was also Di Maria’s fault on Caqueret who could also have earned a red card. But the VAR also did not intervene. »
@FFF @LFPfr It is time for football refereeing to make its revolution, to be transparent: the only solution is to have referees with open microphones, like in rugby, just like VAR exchanges. Why refuse to see Neymar’s double fault? which brings about the downfall of Mr. Gusto?
— Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) September 20, 2021