National League

While referees, team managers and the players' union are in favor of a so-called "situation room", money might be a deal-breaker.

Will the referees be supported by a situation room in the future?
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"Desirable" and "reasonable" are words that are being used by Head of Referees Andreas Fischer and Jonas Hiller, the president of the Swiss Ice Hockey Players' Union (SIHPU) when asked by Blick about the possibility of a situation room as a support for the referees on the ice.

Skeptical about a situation room - which could work similar as the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) in football - are, however, the CEOs of the clubs. Denis Vaucher, CEO of the National League, confirms that discussions are ongoing: "It's a cost-benefit question and how we can staff the situation room."

As Blick reports, the new system will already be tested at the Spengler Cup. It is, however, not clear when the "Sitation Room" will be implemepted in the National League. At the earliest, such a measure might be possible as of the 2023-24 season, Blick writes. First, competent people would have to be recruited in order to monitor the games on TV.

( 29 November 2021 | tme/mfa)