Leeds United and Scotland defender Liam Cooper has backed calls for VAR to be introduced in Scotland and insisted the video refs add to the game by giving the “right outcome” more often than not.
Talks over introducing VAR to the Scottish game are set to take place today and it remains to be seen how it would be implemented, if approved, but the Leeds stopper thinks any complaints are put to bed by the fact it allows officials to make “better decisions.”
While Cooper confessed the delays after goals as VAR chacks things over can remove some of the instant jubilation and reaction from the game, he insists it is well worth implementing if it helps referees get things right.
“It does [remove spontaneity], yes,” admitted Cooper, “but if you want to get to the right decision sometimes you have to put that on the back burner.
“The celebration, the euphoria around scoring a goal does get taken away but I suppose you get to the celebrate twice if it is given the OK, so it becomes a double celebration so that’s not too bad.
“I think it adds [to the game]. As professionals, we all crave the right results and the right outcome. More times than not VAR does that.
“It is just hard to get used to at the start. I think everyone would welcome better decisions in the game.”
Former English Premier League referee Howard Webb is set to deliver a presentation to clubs, the Scottish FA and the SPFL later today however the financial costs of introducing it could prove too big a hurdle for some clubs.
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