VAR Under Review

VAR Under Review
A referee’s decision changed with the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was cause for proceedings at the KNVB Disciplinary Committee. The KNVB Disciplinary Committee decided on the application of the VAR protocol and the circumstances of a foul in relation to a player’s match suspension in its decision of 7 March 2019.

KNVB Disciplinary Committee, 7 March 2019, no 1819-248, Mr Rutten (VVV-Venlo)


Factual circumstances

On 3 March 2019, a KNVB Eredivisie match between FC Groningen and VVV-Venlo took place at the Euroborg stadium. In the first half, VVV player Moreno Rutten (the Player) fouled FC Groningen player Tim Handwerker, for which the referee showed the Player a yellow card. However, the VAR informed the referee that, in his opinion, the foul should be sanctioned with a direct red card. The referee went to see the video footage and followed the VAR’s interpretation. The Player was sent off.

A day later, the Player received a settlement proposal of a three-match suspension, of which one match would be suspended with a one-year grace...

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