FIFA chief indicates VAR choice

6 months ago

Gianni Infantino has given his backing to the use of the controversial VAR system and indicated that it will be used at this summer’s World Cup finals.

The video assistant referee has been used in a number of European league games this term, as well as selected League Cup and FA Cup fixtures in England.

Even though some high-profile managers – including Chelsea’s Antonio Conte – have backed the system, many pundits and fans have been critical of how it’s being used.

The UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has been quick to insist that the Champions League will not be using VAR next season.

Although Ceferin hopes the system will eventually prove its worth, he feels it is not yet ready to be used in Europe’s top club competition.

The Slovenian lawyer said: “I see a lot of confusion…I think there is no way back any more but we have to educate the referees properly, we have to explain to the fans when it can be used.

“Fans keep seeing the (VAR) screen all the time but nobody knows how it works. For me, it might be a good project, but we shouldn’t rush it.”

But his FIFA counterpart believes now is the right time to use VAR in the top international tournament – which takes place in Russia this summer.

Infantino has continued to back the use of video assistant referees, stating: “If we, or I, can do something to make sure that the World Cup is not decided by a referee’s mistakes, then I think it’s our duty to do it.

“Much more time is wasted on throw-ins or free kicks, rather than on correcting a potentially wrong decision with VAR, so I’m still very positive.”

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