Campbell backs Rangers stance on momentous change after Ibrox statement
The Scottish Premiership should introduce Video Assistant Refereeing after the controversial dismissal of Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous against Rangers.
That is the view of ex-Premier League striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider ahead of Friday’s meeting between the Scottish FA and the SPFL.
As reported by the BBC, the Scottish football authorities will host a video conference tomorrow to discuss the potential introduction of VAR.
Discussions will be held around bringing the technology in to all top-tier games and the latter rounds of domestic cup competitions.
The meeting appears timely after Ryan Porteous’ controversial red card against Rangers last Sunday.
Hibs appealed the decision but it was rejected by the SFA.
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When asked by Football Insider if Scotland should follow Europe’s other top leagues in introducing VAR, Campbell said:
“I’m surprised they haven’t already got it up there, to be honest with you.
“It would be more expense so maybe that’s part of the reasoning for it.
“Considering the league and what it is, it should have introduced it, definitely. The Scottish Premiership is a major European league.
“The referees should have the help of the video. All the other top leagues have it so why shouldn’t Scotland follow suit?
“It drove us mad in England last season but it is better now.”
Rangers stance on VAR was made clear in a club statement in December 2019.
It read: “Rangers believes Scottish referees need additional help if match officials are to get more of the big decisions correct and the club is convinced VAR would provide that extra assistance.”