Medina Cantalejo was a fine referee in his day and replaces another solid match official in Velasco Carballo as head of the Spanish referee board. Carballo will always be remembered as the individual who was instrumental in the implementation of the VAR system. A discreet man and even after a series of conversations with him, I could never quite tell if he was an advocator of the initiative despite his stout defense of its use. I recall fondly the time he dedicated in holding group sessions with journalists explaining with great detail the nuances of the VAR system and informing us as to when it should be called upon with a series of well presented case studies.
Countless VAR repetitions
The question at the heart of the VAR use is very much: "where do we draw the line". Everyone in the game supports the use of 'hawk-eye' to detect if the ball has crossed the line but many of us have issues with the establishing of a line to detect an offside decision and the use of terminology such as 'clear and manifest' seem to do nothing to quell fans furious with refereeing decisions. New appointment Medina steps into the position with the right intentions and to be less reliant on use of video technology but the essential problem will still remain. It's not a matter if VAR intervenes more or indeed less but it's a question of when it should do so and that is an almost position to clarify.