Cardiff owner wants VAR as soon as possible after Chelsea controversy

2 April 2019

Vincent Tan Cardiff
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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has backed manager Neil Warnock's angry reaction to Sunday's controversial defeat against Chelsea.

To avoid human errors, he urges that VAR should be implemented as soon as possible.

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

In the light of the recent match against Chelsea where the Cardiff manager Neil Warnock slammed referees chief Mike Riley and hit out at the standard of officiating in the Premier League, the owner of Cardiff Vincent Tan is now backing Warnock and calling for an early implementation of VAR video technology.

The statement follows Cardiff’s 2-1 loss against Chelsea where César Azpilicueta's 84th-minute goal was allowed despite him being yards offside and gave Chelsea an important equalising goal, which at the same time exacerbated Cardiff’s fears of relegation.

In a statement, according to Wales Online, Tan said: "I fully support Neil on this. The goal was clearly offside.”

Furiuos after the match

Even though VAR is set to be up and running in the Premier League next season, Tan stressed the urgency for the video assistant referee technology. 

"I believe VAR needs to be implemented as soon as possible, so that human errors can be avoided, and aggrieved parties won’t be fined for their rightful rant and unhappiness which is costly to a club like Cardiff fighting relegation,” said Tan. 

Warnock was furious after the match, staring down the match officials on live TV in the immediate aftermath of the game.

"We worked our socks off for three weeks to get where we were. We thought we could beat Chelsea and then a human error like this. It's just unbelievable. I can't describe the feeling," Warnock said, according to Wales Online.