There were conflicting opinions in an investigation by the Emirati newspaper “Al Bayan” about the need to introduce VAR technology to the first division.
Ali Al-Badwawi, CEO of Hatta (Hurricane) Club, joined the many voices calling for the technology to be brought into amateur competitions.
The CEO opened his remarks by emphasizing, “From my personal point of view, all the judges of our local stadiums are flawless, whether they are international or first-class.”
Al-Badwawi continued, “What we are only asking for is the fairness of the competition, with the need to include the mouse in the matches that the Competitions Committee of the UAE Football Association seeks for the need for the presence of this technology.”
But Abdulaziz Manqoush, vice-chairman of the Al-Taawun Club, had a different opinion.
Manqoush explained, “The VAR technology needs money, and there are clubs in the first division that do not have the capabilities of this technology.”
Manqoush stressed his conviction that the VAR technology is “primarily associated with television broadcasting”, of which the lion’s share goes to the ADNOC Professional League.
The Vice President concluded his speech by saying, “My conviction is that there is nothing wrong with judging the competition, despite the absence of mouse assist technology.”