Fri 10 March 2023 | 15:00

Collina slams Madley for cutting short Liverpool vs Man United

Despite seven goals, 10 substitutions, and a VAR delay, the officials only considered a total of 4 minutes for the stoppage time in Liverpool's 7-0 victory over Man United on Sunday. FIFA's head of refereeing calls for more accurate stoppage time.

Although Manchester United ended their six-year trophy drought with a 2-0 EFL Cup final victory over Newcastle last week, they suffered their join-worst defeat ever on Sunday at Anfield when they got hammered 7-0 by their arch-rivals. The officials only added four minutes to the eventful game as the former referee Pierluigi Collina pointed out inconsistencies in added time.

"Last weekend in the Premier League, there were 10 matches," Collina told reporters. "Four had additional time of 10 minutes or more [across the first half and second half], and two should have been higher but weren't only because they had scores of 7-0 and 4-0.

"In the game at Liverpool, there was four minutes added, one in the first half and three in the second. But there were six goals in the second half.

"Maybe at some point in the future we will have a rule which says: if the difference between the two sides is big, the additional time is not to be given. But this would be in the laws of the game.

"Now it is common sense, but it is [only] common sense when it doesn't affect someone.

"I can understand that showing the right amount of time when it is 7-0 is difficult to understand. But in some competitions, the goal difference in the entire competition may be decisive at the end for the ranking.

"So, even one goal scored or not scored could make the difference."

As the introduction of VAR reduced the amount of simulation in the game, Collina believes adding on accurately would eventually stamp out time-wasting.

"It's time to compensate time that was not played during the match," he said. "We are not considering to go from 70 to 75. No, we want to avoid just playing 43 minutes.

"The effective time at Aston Villa vs Brentford [earlier this season] was 43 minutes. I don't think someone wants to pay to watch a match that lasts 43 minutes.

"We have seen implementing VAR has reduced simulation. How many cards are now given for simulation? Very little because the players know it is meaningless to try.

"I am convinced time-wasting will be reduced when players know it is meaningless to waste time because that time is compensated."



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