VAR to be used at World Cup in Russia following unanimous vote

VAR to be used at 2018 World Cup in Russia following unanimous vote
VAR was described as ‘comical’ after Tottenham’s defeat of Rochdale in the FA Cup

VAR is set to be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after the International Football Association Board unanimously approved the use of video replays.

The decision was made at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich at the Ifab’s 132nd annual general meeting on Saturday.

FIFA and all four British associations unanimously approved its use on permanent basis.

Video assistant referee technology has been trialed in Germany and Italy, as well as in some domestic cup matches in England this season to varying degrees of success.

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Leagues and tournaments must now apply to Ifab to implement the technology following the controversial ruling.

Ifab stated: ‘the philosophy of VARs is “minimum interference – maximum benefit” which aims to reduce unfairness caused by “clear and obvious errors” or ‘serious missed incidents”‘.

VAR to be used in relation to:

1. Goal/no goal

2. Penalty/no penalty

3. Direct red card (not second yellow card/caution)

4. Mistaken identity (when the referee cautions or sends off the wrong player)

FIFA will confirm their final decision on the use of VAR at this summer’s World Cup at their council meeting on March 16.

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Premier League clubs will hold talks over the future of VAR technology next month to decide whether to implement the new system next season.

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