Sweden's Asllani slams VAR at Euro 2022 as UEFA use 'fewer cameras'

Sweden’s stand-in captain Kosovare Asllani slams use of VAR at Euro 2022 and criticises UEFA’s decision to use ‘50% fewer cameras’ than the men’s equivalent – with Swedes having FIVE goals ruled out by technology so far

  • Kosovare Asllani has hit out after UEFA used fewer cameras for women than men 
  • The Swedish star is part of the team preparing to face England in Tuesday’s semi
  • Sweden have had five goals ruled out through VAR so far in the competition 

Sweden stand-in captain Kosovare Asllani has criticised UEFA for ‘using 50 per cent fewer cameras’ at the women’s European Championship than the men’s, labelling the situation a ‘catastrophe’.

The Swedes will take on hosts England, who will be bidding to reach their first Women’s Euros final after coming through a 2-1 extra-time victory over Spain in the last eight, in front of a packed Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.

Peter Gerhardsson’s side have had five goals ruled out through VAR en route to the semi-finals and lodged a complaint over the decision to disallow Rebecka Blomqvist’s goal for offside during their 2-1 win over Switzerland on July 13.

Kosovare Asllani has criticised the number of cameras used for VAR decisions at Euro 2022

VAR has also come in for criticism from those watching Euro 2022, given the amount of time it has been taking to arrive at decisions during matches, and Asllani believes it is due to a lack of cameras.

‘Using 50 per cent fewer cameras in our tournament than the men’s game, that is a catastrophe really,’ the 32-year-old said.

‘The decisions can’t be made with the same precision. It’s not just for us, for other teams. There are situations where I think you should have more cameras, that can be really decisive.’

Peter Gerhardsson, the Sweden head coach, has highlighted some of the issues around VAR

Gerhardsson, Sweden’s head coach, claimed former official Jonas Eriksson pointed out the alleged error for the Blomqvist goal.

‘If you’re talking about the complaint our staff made, it was obvious,’ he said. ‘We hadn’t seen it ourselves but a Swedish referee pointed out they drew the line incorrectly.

‘You are incompetent at your job if you are doing it that way. There shouldn’t be a difference if it’s women’s football or men’s football. Of course it’s not good enough.

‘My feeling is sometimes we put too much trust in it. Even if it’s an offside that’s very obvious then you wait for the VAR decision, you don’t know until the ref whistles if it’s a goal or not.

‘We’re going to have to hope that they’ve looked at improving themselves for the semi-final.’

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