When VAR asks the on field official to review for in this case SFP, can the referee decide its VC instead or vice versa?
Once he’s at the screen, the R can essentially call what he deems most appropriate. Notably, if the VaR recommends review for a possible red, the R can give yellow (or see something else). But the VAR can only recommend review for red.
SFP and VC have been the subject of much confusion. While IFAB refers to challenging for the ball, I think what they are really trying to say is that EF in playing the game is SFP and VC is other violence. While I understand the linguistic argument that some are making, I don’t think it is what is really intended by the language. I think IFAB would say the ref team was right to look at this for whether it is SFP--if it’s a foul, it’s a kicking foul in the course of play, which should be evaluated for SFP under C/R/EF standards. For the particular game, what we call it makes no difference--but some competitions punish VC more severely than SFP in terms of suspensions, so the difference can matter.