Video replays set to be used at football World Cup

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According to The Guardian, in an annual general meeting held at the Federation Internationale de Football Association headquarters in Zurich, the IAFB unanimously voted for the approval of the technology to be used in this year's World Cup, meaning referees will have access to video replays to review key decisions, that otherwise have to be made in a fraction of a second, in the duration of a match.

VAR can only be used when there is doubt surrounding any of four key game-changing situations: goals, penalty decisions, straight red cards or mistaken identity of a sanctioned player.

Ifab said the "philosophy" of VARs is "minimum interference - maximum benefit" with the intention of reducing "unfairness caused by clear and obvious errors or serious missed incidents". "In 2018 it cannot be possible that every person in the stadium or in their house can find out immediately if the referee has made a mistake, and the only person who hasn't realised that is the referee himself". "We have to speed up reviews and, linked to that, the communication to the crowd has to be better because people aren't really sure what's going on", he said, admitting VAR wrongly chalked off a goal during the Spurs-Rochdale game.

The BBC reported earlier this week that despite this ruling, the Premier League is not expected to implement the VAR for the 2018-19 season, and UEFA has already ruled out its use in the next Champions League campaign.

"Having been involved in many discussions over the past three seasons, I am totally in favour of this momentous decision by IFAB regarding the implementation of VAR into the world of football", he said.

"Prior to taking its decision, the members of The IFAB was presented with the results of the independent analysis of the use of VARs conducted by Belgian university KU Leuven since the beginning of the VAR experiment in March 2016".


This was the first competitive game in England where the VAR technology was made available.

Bury-born Kieran Trippier, adjudged initially to have been fouled outside the box by referee Paul Tierney, moments later saw his team awarded a penalty as Tierney's video assistant wrongly overturned the decision.

VAR has already drawn fierce criticism from fans, pundits and the media alike for its inconsistent usage, confusing laws and the time it takes for a decision to be reached.

IFAB technical director David Elleray said that the video assistant had a complex and technical role. "It is highly complicated".

I do think Referees have got to think "I've been making that decision for years" and carry on making it. "If we lose seven minutes on throw-ins, we can lose 90 seconds to get decisions right".

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