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Stuart Kettlewell demands VAR reset in Scottish football as Motherwell boss looks summer masterplan

Stuart Kettlewell has called for a VAR reboot in the summer - and an action plan to be drawn up to help improve the standard of officiating.

The Motherwell boss insists it’s time the reset button was pressed on the video technology after a season of controversy on top of dispute. Well took on the system when they fired in their own footage of contentious incidents to Hampden last month, highlighting what they perceived were inconsistencies and lack of clarity over decisions.

Kettlewell’s frustration hit boiling point in the 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen when Lennon Miller’s goal was chalked off after a lengthy VAR delay for the ball brushing against Theo Bair’s arm in the build-up. Later in the game a similar incident involving Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie in his own box went unpunished. SFA referees’ chief Crawford Allan will step down in the summer as the association conducts a review of the role. And Kettlewell says there needs to be a clear plan to improve standards or else we’ll end up having the same moans and groans in 12 months’ time.

He said: “I think there definitely does need to be some kind of reset or reboot at the end of this season. Every football club every single summer comes up with a plan on how to best move forward. You're always working towards improving and a vision of where you want to get to. I think it's very important that we have that in terms of VAR and referees as well.

"We work in one-year plans, two-year plans, five-year plans. As an association, we need to decide where we want to be in terms of officiating our game. If I go and sit in front of the board here, which I do several times over the course of the season, I have to show them what we're working towards and where improvements have

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