Saturday, 20 October, 2018

World Cup to Use Video Replays after IFAB Approval

Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the first Tottenham Hotspur goal with team mates during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Rochdale and Tottenham Hotspur World Cup to Use Video Replays after IFAB Approval
Kristopher Love | 04 March, 2018, 04:09

In defiance of a growing backlash against the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the sport, the International Football Association Board took the historic decision to incorporate them into the Laws of the Game at its annual general meeting at FIFA's Zurich headquarters.

Following the IFAB's unanimous approval, it is nearly certain that the FIFA Council will sanction the use of the VAR system at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation when it meets in Colombia later this month, and Infantino is confident it will have a positive effect.

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.

"And if we can help referees the world over who are engaged in a hard task, correct mistakes that can occur, we will have made a great decision".

"I would say to the fans, players and coaches that it will have an impact, a positive impact", said Mr Infantino.

Last week's comical scenes at Wembley during Tottenham's 6-1 FA cup replay win over Rochdale, which saw several controversial referrals to the VAR and led to multiple stoppages, was the latest in a string of contentious incidents across Europe.

It has been claimed VAR - which can only be used to determine whether there is a goal or not, a penalty or no penalty, straight red cards or incidents of mistaken identity - causes confusion among fans and players.

"As of today, the VAR system is part of football", he said.

"Those who used to complain about the referee will complain about VAR", he added."When the referee reviews a decision, this creates maybe an additional moment of emotion, tension, everyone is waiting. then you either celebrate or you scream".

Tests have been increasing, Italy have used it in Serie A this season whilst England have used it sporadically in Carabao and FA Cup games.

IFAB technical director David Elleray added that the video assistant had a complex and technical role.

The Football Association's chief executive Martin Glenn, seated next to Infantino, conceded that improvements were needed.

It comes after a meeting of football's lawmakers unanimously approved the most monumental change to the rules of the game at the top level despite teething issues exposed in English football.

"I can guarantee our referees which will be at the World Cup will be ready". The disallowed first goal for Spurs wasn't "clear and obvious" in my view and was probably, well, was a mistake and should not have been called out.

'Football has to decide does it want to use in a system which will bring in greater accuracy and fairness, albeit with some delay occasionally, ' he said.

Also on Saturday, the IFAB panel used evidence from two years of trials to approve teams using a fourth substitute during the 30 minutes of extra time in knockout games.