Alex Ferguson ‘We’re in limbo’ – Ferguson yet to be convinced by VAR Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 16:31 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Bundesliga Serie A The former Manchester United boss has said that the new technology must be given “a chance” but he is not convinced it is being implemented properly Sir Alex Ferguson is not convinced over the value of the new video assistant referee (VAR) technology, but is willing to give it an opportunity to prove itself.The legendary former Manchester United manager conceded that, even with the help of VAR, decisions could still be contentious.Man United 9/4 to win Premier League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina VAR is being used in the Bundesliga and Serie A to mixed reviews from players, coaches and fans, with Ferguson understanding of the cynicism. “VAR, I don’t think anyone in the room is completely convinced, but we’re prepared to wait and see some of the examples,” said the Scot, speaking at the UEFA Elite Coaches Forum in Nyon.”They showed three or four clips and, to be honest with you, I couldn’t make my mind up, neither could the referees, so we’re in a limbo I think.”It’s worth trying because you can’t stop progress. If the progress means you’re going to improve the operation of the referee then it’s worth trying.”It may be that in two or three years’ time it becomes part of the game. Remember, we spoke about goalline technology for years before it actually arrived. It’s here and it’s been good.”So give VAR a chance. We’re prepared to wait. I think UEFA are at that stage too, not quite sure, but given a few other examples it may turn out to be okay.”
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to extend the last date for the filing of nominations for panchayat polls in West Bengal, saying it could not interfere with the election process. The top court, however, granted liberty to all candidates to approach the West Bengal State Election Commission for appropriate relief.”We have not interfered with the election process but we have granted liberty to all candidates to approach State Election Commission on Monday itself for necessary relief,” a bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre said.The BJP had on March 6 told the apex court that “democracy is being murdered” in West Bengal as the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) was engaged in large scale poll violence and not allowing its candidates to file nominations for the upcoming panchayat polls.It had also alleged that the assistant panchayat electoral registration officers appointed by the West Bengal State Election Commission were refusing to give nomination forms to BJP candidates.The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party sought availability of nomination papers online, extension of the last date for filing these papers and deployment of paramilitary forces in the state in the run-up to the polls scheduled in the first week of May.The panchayat polls are scheduled to be held on May 1, 3, and 5. The votes will be counted on May 8. According to the notification, the last date for filing of nominations is April 9 and the last date of scrutiny of the nominations is April 11.
Kolkata: In a minor reshuffle in the IAS cadre of the state, two IAS officers have been sent on compulsory waiting.An IAS officer of 2005 batch, British Chandra Barman, who was posted as additional secretary of the Land and Land Reforms department, has been sent to compulsory waiting. Nitya Sundar Trivedi, who was posted as additional secretary of Land and Land Reforms department, has also been sent to compulsory waiting.Mausumi Guha Roy has been sent to the post of commissioner in the Land and Land Reforms department. She was earlier posted as the commissioner of the Housing department.K Radhika Aiyar, who was director (finance) of West Bengal Highway Development Corporation, will also hold the charge of joint secretary Land and Land Reforms department.