Goodwin confident penalty-box VAR would be beneficial for Premiership

Thu 04 March 2021 | 17:22

St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin wants Scottish football to consider a slimmed-down version of video technology to decrease the number of soft penalties in the Premiership.


has questioned penalty decisions and believes at least half of the 63 penalties were debatable.

The Irishman says a stripped-down version of VAR focusing only on penalty-box fouls can be used to cut down on soft penalties.

“I think there has been just over 60 penalties awarded this season in the league and I would say about half of them fall into the soft category,”

said the Saints boss.

“At least half.

“I think we need to help the referees as best we can because it’s a really difficult job. And it’s getting harder every year because the pace of the game is getting quicker all the time.

“I know they have VAR in the Premier League and people say it costs too much money for us to even consider.

“Finances will always dictate and we don’t have the resources that the Premier League, LaLiga and the Bundesliga have.

“But I’m not talking about the full bells-and-whistles VAR with the yellow and blue lines for offside. I’m just talking about penalty incidents because there are far too many being awarded this year that just quite frankly aren’t penalties.

source: SportMob