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Euro 2022: Sweden's Asllani calls VAR a ‘catastrophe’ due to reduced number of cameras - The Athletic

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Sweden forward Kosovare Asllani has criticised the video assistant referee (VAR) at the 2022 Women’s European Championships for using “50 per cent fewer...

Sweden forward Kosovare Asllani has criticised the video assistant referee (VAR) at the 2022 Women’s European Championships for using “50 per cent fewer cameras” than in the men’s game.

It is understood Sweden wrote to UEFA to register their discontent after Rebecka Blomqvists’ goal against Switzerland in the group stages was ruled out by VAR for offside.

England play Sweden on Tuesday night in the semi-final of the competition, and Asllani, 32, will be available after missing training on Sunday.

However, speaking ahead of the match, she criticised UEFA’s decision to have fewer VAR cameras in operation.

“Well using 50 per cent fewer cameras in our tournament than in the men’s game, that’s a catastrophe really because the decisions can’t be made with the same precision,” she said.

“It’s not just for us, there are other teams. There are situations where you should have more cameras and it can be really decisive.

“I think it’s strange because I like VAR, I think it’s fair when they have it, but if we have one game where they make a mistake, because they draw the line on the wrong side, and we heard they don’t have the same number of cameras, for me it’s not acceptable.”

Manager Peter Gerhardsson added: “If you’re talking about the complaint that our staff made it’s obvious, we haven’t seen it ourselves but a Swedish referee at home in a studio (Jonas Eriksson) pointed out that they drew the line incorrectly…. then you’re incompetent at your job.

“There shouldn’t be a difference whether it’s women’s or men’s football. It’s not good enough that there are goals that are disallowed that way when VAR is incorrect.

“My feeling is, sometimes we put too much trust in VAR. We’re going to have to hope that they’ve looked at improving themselves for the semi-final tomorrow.”

Sweden have played two games at Bramall Lane — where Tuesday's semi-final takes place — and one at Leigh Sports Village. Leigh, where Manchester United play their home games in the WSL, is usually used for rugby league.

They were missing two players at training yesterday — Jonna Andersson and Olivia Schough — while England are fully fit.

The Athletic have approached UEFA for comment.

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