The classic between Colo Colo and UC breaks the record for real playing time: “I take risks, even if I lose, so that national football improves”

The match between Colo Colo and Universidad Católica had all the elements required of one of the main matches in Chilean soccer, if not the main rivalry of recent years. Vertigo, back and forth and a strong leg caught the attention of the 40,000 attendees who came to the Monumental stadium and the thousands of fans who followed the match on television. The usual game-interrupting brushes in the National Championship were now not counted as infractions and did not stop the clock. The ball kept rolling. A concrete fact: the duel comfortably broke the record for real game time. If on average in the local tournament the ball circulates for 46 minutes, in Macul it did so for 54. The progress is significant.

The person responsible for the paradigm shift is the judge Robert Tobar, who led the team that ensured compliance with the rules of the game on the alba pitch. The concept is one of the ones that the judge reinforces the most in the dialogue that he maintains with Sporting. At all times, the support he received from his collaborators stands out, a concept that encompasses those who were on the field of play and those who remained in the VOR, the cabin in which the VAR is managed.

The time played is due to the interpretation that one makes, with the refereeing team, of the plays, of the disputes that must be evaluated second by second and, also, to the attitude of the players to face this type of match”, maintains the international judge, who was praised by Ariel Holan, the UC technician. The last element has, in his opinion, a key relevance. “Clearly, if they don’t simulate, they don’t want to magnify a contact making me believe that a contact constitutes a foul, they greatly favor refereeing performance. here goes the explanation”, he highlights.

Roberto Tobar, in the duel between Colo Colo and UC (Photo: Agenciauno)

Tobar widen the balance. He speaks, with complete propriety, of a personal stamp placed at the service of commitment management. “There is a question of style. The style is my conviction, my motivation and why not say it, the vocational justification for wanting to be a referee: to give it rhythm and that one is part of the development of our football. That’s one of the reasons.”he highlights, declaring himself part of a process that, in general, does not consider arbitrators as a variable.

The most prominent judge in Chilean soccer today insists on his position. “I do not privilege my position as a referee, I take risks, even if I lose, so that national football improves. It is my calling. I put my arbitration at risk depending on our football improving“, reinforces.

In this sense, he maintains that the key is to decisively assume the role that corresponds to him in the show. “You have to have courage, enter the field not thinking that we can be directing always thinking that the VAR can correct us. It is not the idea of ​​arbitration. You have to go out not thinking that you have the VAR. Yes, for when there is a fairly complex situation. The important thing is not to depend on this tool, which is very useful, by the way”, analyzes.

In the same vein, he delivers his recipe. “My conviction has always been to be very rigorous in interpreting the inputs, to know very well when there is a foul or when there is not. When there is simulation or a contact that is magnified. I try to be very strict on that. Charge what is missing. not what it seems”, sentence.