Tigres vs Chivas final would have been different with VAR, says top referee

The president of the Comisión de Arbitraje has said VAR would have dramatically changed the outcome of the Tigres vs Chivas final in the 2017 Clausura.

With Chivas leading 2-1 on the night, Tigres forward Ismael Sosa was controversially denied what appeared to be a clear penalty in the dying seconds of the game. A goal for the Monterrey side would have sent the tie to extra time after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

“A championship was decided by a single play. If there had been VAR, it would have changed everything,” said Arturo Brizio.

He went on to stress that Mexico was battling to implement the technology in the Liguilla as soon as possible.

“The FMF thinks it’s better to start in the Liguilla. […] We are in a race against the clock, other federations have had a one-year training period.”

The training in Mexico is being provided by German FIFA member Dick Schelmmer and former Premier League referee David Elleray.

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