the CONCACAF tie closure Should be more equitable, since the regional body The video assistant referee will apply (Video Assistant Referee) for the remaining six days of the appraiser, scheduled between the end of January and the end of March.
CONCACAF It is one of the three associations He did not use this technology in the playoffs, as well as Africa and Oceania, as Asia, UEFA (Europe) and CONMEBOL (South America) are already benefiting from it.
but nevertheless, CONCACAF decision to implement it It was taken a few months ago, But until the beginning of the year, this obstacle became viable, because the obstacle was not only logistical, but also human, since then Only Mexico, the United States and Canada have VAR arbitrators An international badge, because only the federations of those countries in the union have this technology.
This changed because of At the beginning of every year FIFA Renewal of international badges All over the world, both as referees and central referees, as well as assistants and managers of VAR technology, not only in football but even in some styles such as beach soccer. And this time too Awarding badges to other VAR referees from some Central American countries.
in a Mexico awarded six FIFA badges to VAR referees. Five of them already last year. The only news was that Get it now Fernando Guerrero’s photo, who serves as the central referee for the Africa Cup of Nations, after Carlos Ayala lost the 2022 badge.
Sources from the arbitration union confirmed Mediotempo which already The application of the video assistant referee in the tie is a fact, After CONCACAF has also been interested in mitigating criticism, some have not only received it Controversial plays But due to the fact that it is one of the few confederations that still does not use it.
How will you solve the logistical aspect?
Last September, CONCACAF clarified in a statement that Five out of eight federations Who argues in the appraiser Did not meet the criteria for the use of the VAR: that the technology was available in approved stadiums.
Before this problem, MediaPro . company, responsible for generating the television signal for all CONCACAF events, It will be the one who puts the VAR in all the octagonal places, Including Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, the five countries referred to by CONCACAF in September.
single Jamaica will be the country that requires transportation of mobile units by sea or airBecause the rest of the countries can be reached by land from one of the three North American countries.
Media Pro He was the one too hired by Mexican Football Federation Get VAR technology in Liga MX, where there are 17 stadiums in the extreme circle, only the stadium in Tijuana has a special room for VAR technology.
The remainder runs from Cabin inside some trucks, also known as mobile units, placed near the stadiums, a situation that would be similar at the headquarters of the tie.
the Octagons will resume with only two FIFA dates, in each of them will be disputed Three days match. For example, Mexico will visit Jamaica, host Costa Rica, and then go to Panama on January 27 and 30, and February 2, respectively. After that, he will receive the United States, visit Honduras, and receive El Salvador on March 24, 27 and 30, respectively.
Some disagreements that could have been avoided
the Mexican national team He was a participant in some arbitration disputes during the tie, such as his visit to Costa Rica, where Alexis Vega received a strong entrance From behind by Francisco Calvo, who only received a yellow card.
Also, in The Mexico-Jamaica match did not score a clear penalty kick for Jesus Gallardo For a mistake by Damion Lowe while in the match against Canada at the Azteca Stadium, which ended 1-1 last October, the whistle. He did not score a penalty kick for a foul by the visiting goalkeeper on Chucky Lozano.
Another questionable decision was made in the match between El Salvador and Costa Rica, when criminal for ticos And the red against the COSCO team was even questioned by President Neb Bukele.
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