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Football lawmakers set to give go-ahead to video assistant referees

06 March, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Mauricio Pochettino fears VAR will 'kill emotion' of game after Wembley chaos

Blatter's comment on Twitter followed a series of confusing incidents involving the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system which is being trialled in Italy's Serie A, the English FA Cup, Germany's Bundesliga, the Portuguese league and other competitions around the world.

Recently retired referees Carlos Velasco Carballo and Carlos Clos Gomez will head up training for match officials, which begins immediately, while Mediapro will be responsible for providing the technology at LaLiga's expense.

"The International Football Association Board (The IFAB) unanimously approved the use of video assistant referees (VARs) at its 132nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) that took place at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich today", a statement released by IFAB read.

"Those who used to complain about the referee will complain about VAR", he added."When the referee reviews a decision, this creates maybe an additional moment of emotion, tension, everyone is waiting. then you either celebrate or you scream".

Infantino told the gathered media that the IFAB's announcement would be discussed in reference to this year's FIFA World Cup™ later. The use of electronic and communication equipment is strictly for tactical/coaching purposes and player safety.

It means there will nearly certainly be video assistant referees used at this year's showpiece tournament in Russian Federation, with a final decision expected to be made at the next FIFA Council meeting on March 16 in Bogota.

According to Ifab protocols, VAR should be used only in judging goals, penalties, direct red cards and mistaken identity.

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UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has refused to allow VARs in next season's Champions League while a number of Premier League bosses are uncomfortable with the flow of the game being interrupted leaving both fans and players totally bemused.

Ifab technical director and former Premier League referee David Elleray said 40 countries are using, trialling or are interested in VAR technology.

That is an issue confronting major North American sports like baseball and American football, where different forms of video replay have been in use for several years and where calls to shorten match length have risen.

Infantino brushed aside concerns over the readiness of World Cup referees or concerns that the VAR system was taking the spontaneity and excitement out of the sport.

Infantino said that while the current VAR system "is not flawless. we have to have the ambition to get close to perfection".

With VAR, referee decision-making was "almost perfect", Infantino said.

It was found that VAR had a positive impact in eight per cent of matches, with an average of one clear and obvious error in every three games. So perhaps VAR could be used more effectively by a referee with, no offence to Tierney, more experience and know-how.


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