“50% fewer cameras” used at the Women’s Euros than at the Men’s European Championships (Sweden captain)
Sweden alternate captain Kosovare Asllani has slammed UEFA for “using 50% fewer cameras” in the women’s European Championship than in the men’s, calling the situation a “disaster”.
The Swedes will face hosts England, who progressed with a 2-1 extra-time win over Spain in the quarter-finals, in front of a packed Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.
Peter Gerhardsson’s side saw five goals disallowed by VAR en route to the semi-finals and lodged a complaint over the decision to disallow Rebecka Blomqvist’s goal for offside in their 2-1 win over Switzerland on July 13.
VAR has also faced criticism from those watching Euro 2022, given how long it took to make decisions during matches, and Asllani believes this is down to a lack of cameras .
“Using 50% fewer cameras in our tournament than in the men’s game is really a disaster,” said the 32-year-old.
“Decisions cannot be made with the same precision. It’s not just for us, for the other teams. There are situations where I think you should have more cameras, that can be really decisive.
Gerhardsson, Sweden’s head coach, claimed former official Jonas Eriksson pointed out the alleged error for Blomqvist’s goal.
“If you talk about the complaint filed by our staff, it was obvious,” he said. “We hadn’t seen it ourselves, but a Swedish referee pointed out that they had drawn the line incorrectly.
“You are incompetent at your job if you do it this way. There should be no difference if it’s women’s football or men’s football. Of course, that’s not good enough.
“My feeling is that we sometimes put too much trust in him. Even if it’s an offside which is very obvious then you wait for the VAR decision, you don’t know until the referee blows his whistle if it’s a goal or not.
“We’re going to have to hope they looked to improve for the semi-final.”
UEFA have been approached for comment by the PA news agency.
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