Bruno Marić Resigns as HNS Head of VAR, Cites Split as Reason

Daniela Rogulj

On its official website, the Croatian Football Federation informed the public that Bruno Marić resigned as chief instructor of VAR on May 16, 2019.

“Marić informed the HNS leadership in writing that he resigned as VAR instructor of the Croatian Football Federation.

The Croatian Football Federation is grateful to Marić on the contribution he has made so far and his work on the project introducing VAR to Croatian football,” HNS said on their website. 

You can find Bruno Marić’s resignation transmitted below, which was signed as the “Best Croatian football referee, Bruno Marić from Daruvar”.

“Dear Sirs,

Behind us is a very successful eight months of work on the VAR project in Croatia. Behind us is David Elisey’s visit to Zagreb, who is one of the world’s largest authorities when VAR technology is concerned. Behind us is a very important media presentation of VAR technology, which will bring support, peace, and trust in Croatian football, and I would say reconciliation!

Ahead of us is painstaking work to prepare the VAR technology by February 2020 for all HNL matches.

But with all of my heart, I hope that in front of us is a Croatia national team game in Split, a city that wishes for representative football, as does the whole of Croatia who wants the national team to play in Split. The wonderful audience in all the cities where our team has played certainly wants Split, with its recognizable Mediterranean emotion, to host at least one qualifying win of our silver medalists. 

Given that I could recognize in the media that there could be problems with playing the game in Split, and because of my function as the chief instructor of VAR, I am resigning. I am resigning proud of my VAR instructor’s work, but also of what I leave for whoever will inherit my position. 

I particularly note that I resign solely because of Croatia and Croatian football. No, I’m not leaving because of pressure, I’m not leaving because I’m tired. I’m leaving because I’m the most rewarded referee in Croatia and I have the responsibility for football. My resignation did not require either the Federation or HNK Hajduk, but in the media, there should not be even a grain of negativity when football and the national team are concerned.

I use this opportunity to thank the Executive Committee of HNS, Executive Director Marijan Kustić, President of KNS HNS Ante Kulušić, my football referees and everyone who supported me! Of course, I will be available if Croatian football needs me, and we will see you in Split for the Croatia – Hungary game!”

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