Published: Sun, March 18, 2018

Infantino okays use of VAR at World Cup amid criticism

Infantino okays use of VAR at World Cup amid criticism

Video Assistant Referees (VAR)will be used in this year's World Cup Finals beginning in June, FIFA officials decided in Colombia on Friday.

FIFA World Cup, which takes place from June 14 to July 15 will experience the video replay which will judge various important aspects during the games like crucial goal-line decisions, important penalty calls, and red cards.

"We are allowing global matches to be staged in the cities of Erbil, Basra, and Karbala", FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council in Bogota.

"We are extremely happy with that decision", Infantino said at a news conference, adding it would lead to "a more transparent and fairer sport".

"What we want is to help and to give the referee the possibility to have extra help when he has to make important decisions, and in a World Cup we make very important decisions", added Infantino.

The technology is created to help referees with four key decisions: goals, penalties, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

The system has been used in Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A this season as well as some English FA and League Cup matches.

The use of video assistant referees at this summer's World Cup has been rubber-stamped by the FIFA Council.

"We are not anxious at all, we are here to organise a football tournament, we are here to organise the most important football and social event in the world, so we believe football can bring people together", said Infantino.

"It's not possible that in 2018 everyone in their living room knows a few seconds after the play whether a referee has made a mistake and the referee doesn't".

Mr Dagha wished the Forward Group well and told them to continue with their winning pattern in getting bids for the FIFA World Cup-2018.

"For me, it might be a good project but we shouldn't rush it", he added.

Still, FIFA says "smaller stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup" should mean ticket and hospitality sales of $500 million will be $75 million less than in 2015-18.

The success of the U-17 event emboldened the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to submit a bid for hosting another FIFA tournament in two year's time.

He said: "Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work".

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