Video replays set to be used at World Cup after IFAB approval

The introduction of VAR to the Premier League next season remains in the balance
The introduction of VAR to the Premier League next season remains in the balance
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05 March, 2018

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a final decision on using VAR during the World Cup would be taken at a Council meeting to be held by the global football body on March 16.

Widespread trials in England, Germany and Italy have, however, been met with mixed reviews, but Infantino claimed a study of approximately 1000 live matches resulted in an improvement in the accuracy of refereeing decisions from 93 per cent to 99 per cent.

VAR has been trialled in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games this season, but following Saturday's ruling all competitions in world football can now use VAR without permission.

"From nearly 1,000 live matches that were part of the experiment, the level of the accuracy increased from 93% to 99%".

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino called the Video Assistant Referee system "embarrassing" after a chaotic FA Cup replay against Rochdale.

The problems have been so widespread that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said the system will not be used in next season's European Champions League regardless of the IFAB decision.

VAR has often created confusion in the first full season of live trials which now include more than 1,000 games worldwide.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino defended the time it takes to clarify incidents referred to the video assistant referee (VAR) by saying the delays are negligible when compared to other stoppages that take place during a match.

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It was not clear if Blatter was appealing for IFAB to reject VAR outright or give it more time.

It does not automatically follow that VAR will be introduced in the Premier League, with a number of executives at top-flight clubs known to have serious concerns about the technology.

Rotherham United haven't played a game where the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been in use - and after seeing the debacle of the first half of the Spurs v Rochdale FA Cup game this week on TV I'm rather pleased we haven't.

The IFAB also sanctioned the use of an extra substitute during extra time of cup ties, an initiative that had also been rolled out on a trial basis over the last two years.

IFAB, the body that determines the laws of the sport, approved VAR to be used permanently in the sport around the world.

'People have to decide do they want greater fairness or do they want continued unfairness because they don't want to occasional interruption?' He's been making goal decisions in the Premier League for over three years so surely he doesn't need to turn to someone miles and miles away to ask whether it's a goal or not? "Let's look at the facts". Is that too long?

"But at the end of the day, what is more important for us is that we can help the referee to take the right decision".


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