FIFA: Use of Video Assistant Referee to commence in Russia 2018

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The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has confirmed its plan to commence the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The technology was introduced to support referees with “game-changing” decisions, and it was tried last December during the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, made the revelation on Wednesday stating that the VAR will be used at the global football event next year for the first time.

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Speaking at a congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in Santiago, Chile, he said: “At the 2018 World Cup we will have video referees, because so far the results are very positive.

“It should that not happen that, in 2017, almost everyone in the stadium or at home will see in seconds if the referee made a mistake, and the only one who can not see is the referee.

“We are going to help the referee to not make any mistake, or commit less mistakes, and we are going to give a bit more of justice to football,” he added.



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