Former referee Pierluigi Collina has claimed that the match officials must make decisions “as if VAR didn’t exist” and said it should work like a “parachute”.

The chief refereeing commissioner for FIFA turns 60 today and spoke to the Gazzetta dello Sport about the purpose of the new technology.

“The referee must decide as if the technology didn’t exist,” Collina told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The goal is to not need VAR because the decisions are correct and that’s why we work through the preparation.

“He knows that there’s a parachute that could help him correct an error, even if the error remains and whoever judges the referee doesn’t forget it.

“The referee must know everything about the game, analysing videos to learn about the tactics and characteristics of the players. In my time, it was done extemporaneously, today it’s an integral part of the preparation.”

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