FOR more than two years the Video Assistant Referee has been trialled in leagues around the world.
In Germany, Australia and Italy the system is now commonly used in its current form – but has been met with strong criticism for the way it is affecting the game.
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EPA The system has been met by a mixed response in the Bundesliga and A-League
Some see it as removing emotion and spontaneity from the game, whilst others are concerned about the amount of time decisions are taking to be reached.
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Will the video assistant referee be used at the World Cup 2018?
FIFA chief Gianni Infantino is firmly behind the system and confirmed in March that VAR will be used at the World Cup.
It was used in the Club World Cup in December 2016, before another trial in the 2017 Confederations Cup – and has now been unanimously cleared for use despite numerous hiccups.
Infantino has been met with criticism for introducing the system despite its teething problems, but hit back at those unwilling to embrace change.
He said: “We need to live with the times. We wanted to give the referees tools so they can make better decisions, and in the World Cup some very important decisions are made.”
“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.”
EPA There was confusion in Meinz as a penalty was awarded after the half-time whistle had gone
What decisions will it make?
JUST like in domestic games, referees will have the same powers to consult the VAR on ‘clear and obvious errors’.
This is where much of the controversy over the system has been levelled, as many of the decisions we’ve seen overturned – such as the James Tarkowski penalty against Italy – have been borderline calls.
They will also be able to review “serious missed incidents” involving goals, penalty awards, red cards and mistaken identity.
With 36 refs from all around the world taking part in this summers final, the worry is that many will have not used the system before, which will be remotely based at a Moscow hub.
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