Rangers have appealed to the Scottish FA and SPFL to introduce VAR after a series of shocking decisions by referees in recent weeks involving the Gers – and fans on Twitter are backing the club to the hilt.
The Gers released a lengthy statement highlighting a number of issues in games recently, culminating in several missed red cards and allowing a goal scored by Odsonne Edouard’s left hand in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Celtic Park.
#RangersFC is today repeating its call for the introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) following Sunday’s Scottish Premiership victory at Parkhead: https://t.co/j3bDjEo019 pic.twitter.com/kvats6SnjQ
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 30, 2019
Rangers’ Managing Director Stewart Robertson insisted the call wasn’t a direct criticism of referees but would give them to tools needed to perform their role competently.
“This is not a criticism of referees because they often have to perform under very difficult conditions and in a highly emotive environment, as do our players and coaches,” Robertson told Rangers’ official website.
“The speed at which the modern game is played also means it is extremely difficult to make split-second calls with the degree of certainty required.
“We believe the introduction of VAR would help referees enormously and reduce the number of wrong decisions which sometimes have a dramatic effect on the outcome of matches. In recent weeks, Rangers has suffered from errors of judgement but it is our strong view that VAR would be to the benefit of everyone and in particular the referees themselves.”
Fans on Twitter are fully behind the calls and took to social media to show their support – with one saying it was “long overdue.”
Here are some of the best comments from Rangers fans:
Long overdue. Reduces the likelihood of biased refereeing against the club that we've had to suffer over the season so far.
— FollowFollowGru🇬🇧 (@FollowFollowGru) December 30, 2019
Well said, Unfortunately as the second biggest club in Scotland Celtic would have to agree with this and we all know it would not benefit them in anyway.
— 🙂🌸🏴☠️ (@Mrmojorisen01) December 30, 2019
Rightly so! The standard of Scottish refereeing is shocking! Consistency is needed. We have been on the wrong end of poor decisions for too long now.
VAR is working, the offside law needs a bit more flexibility and leeway to favour the attacker if only a tiny part of body is off
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) December 30, 2019
Cheeky wee sporting integrity at the end. Bravo 👏
— Kevin Kennedy (@kevink1872) December 30, 2019