Volleyball championships throughout the world are using modern technology to help referees make the right calls. FIVB are also using the challenge system in all of their major tournaments… That is why many people ask a simple question – Why there is no challenge system in the CEV Champions League Playoffs?!
The referees are after all just humans and they have to make mistakes at some moments. Nobody is therefore putting a blame on them, but the truth is that their wrong calls can sometimes make a major impact on the game itself. Like it was in the match between VakifBank Istanbul and Volero Zurich, when the referees gave a point to the wrong team.
Olesya Rykhliuk went for a spike, the ball bounced off the hands of Lonneke Sloetjes and then touched the antenna. Volero Zurich should have won the point, but the referees somehow missed to see that part when the ball touched the antenna, so they gave the point to VakifBank Istanbul. The Swiss side protested, but it was in vain. As the referees were not able to check their call, they did not want to change it.
CEV do have a challenge system at the F4 of the Champions League, so surely it is not a problem to have it also in the Playoffs rounds. We can only hope that from the next season a challenge system will be used much before the final tournament…
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