Heynemann: “Thus the video evidence is an emotional killer”
Not only the emotions of the players are negatively influenced, also the handling of the offside question gets worse. This and more is what former referee Bernd Heynemann says in the 3rd part of the kicker series on video evidence (Monday edition) about the effects of the new technology in the Bundesliga.
He participated in the 1998 World Cup as a referee and today works as an expert at Sport1 as well as a kicker columnist. Bernd Heynemann considers some developments that the introduction of video evidence brings with it to be dangerous. In an interview with the kicker, the 64-year-old answers the following questions:
Is the video evidence the end of emotions in football, because a goal scorer can never be sure if his goal is valid?
Heynemann: “Emotions are very limited. Let’s take the Frankfurt 2:1 in the cup finals. Ante Rebic was already cheering before the fan curve, when they checked if there had been a handball somewhere in midfield before. Of course nobody had this scene in mind anymore, nobody can understand what was going on. So the video evidence is an emotional killer. “Aggression can even arise instead of positive emotion.”
Does it make sense for the video assistants in Germany to sit centrally together, or should everyone be present at the game?
Heynemann: “Decentralized is better. The video wizard feels the soul of the game and notices how it looks like. In the live atmosphere, images are judged differently than if they are sterilely dissected on a screen at another location. The decentralized solution should definitely still be tested in Germany.”
Is it safe to judge offside without calibrated lines?
Heynemann: “You can’t do that. But the general question is another: Do we want to judge whether a player with a kneecap or nose tip is closer to the goal line than his opponent? Factors such as a jersey inflated by the wind can play a role. And the flat images on the monitors are two-dimensional, they distort reality. It is more important to judge whether a player gets an advantage with his position. Here the spirit of the game must play the decisive role and not image interpretations in the range of millimeters. “This is highly scientific and does not correspond to the spirit of football.”