Enough of these false stories- GFA Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo refutes VAR rejection claims

Enough of these false stories- GFA Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo refutes VAR rejection claims

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo has denied reports of Football World governing body, FIFA, has rejected a proposal from the FA to implement Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in Ghana.

The Football Association last year, revealed that there are plans to introduce video Assistant referees popularly known as VAR to the Ghanaian top-flight, therefore wrote to their mother body FIFA. But according to Ghanaian Sports Journalist Saddick Adams, FIFA has rejected GFA’s implementation proposal.

He added that, the VAR would have been for some selected games in the Ghana Premier League.

However, FIFA rejected the proposal, suggesting to GFA to broadcast all 9 league games on TV before the implementation of VAR in Ghana will be approved.

The report further stipulated that the Executive Committee of the Ghana FA will submit the new FIFA recommendations on the VAR to Congress.

Responding to the report, the Ghana FA General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo said is untrue, describing the story as false.

“Enough of these false stories bro. It is not cool. Seriously disappointed that you have direct contact with me but you didn’t crosscheck. This story even looks like April Fool story, because VAR Application does not go to Congress. Seriously not good bro,” said Prosper Harrison Addo in a Facebook post.

What is VAR?

The Video Assistant Referee is an assistant referee in association football who intervenes in decisions made by the referee and requests for an on field review with the use of video footage and headset for communication.

VAR was first written into the Laws of the Game by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2018, following extensive training in a number of major competitions.

The technology was designed to reduce critical errors in soccer referees’ decision-making. Currently, only few African countriesh, namely, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt use VAR in their domestic competitions.

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