World Cup to Use Video Replays after IFAB Approval

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"The philosophy of VARs is "minimum interference - maximum benefit" which aims to reduce unfairness caused by "clear and obvious errors" or "serious missed incidents".

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) being used at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation moved closer today after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) unanimously approved the technology for inclusion in the laws of the game.

It is now being used in selected domestic cup matches.

Tottenham won the FA Cup fifth round replay easily in the end 6-1, but the tie at Wembley was overshadowed by the VAR controversy.

According to the Ifab protocols, VAR should only be used on incidents of goals, penalties, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

There are also concerns over the number and quality of officials needed to officiate a full programme of fixtures.

"The referee is always in charge of the game".

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"Regarding the flow of the game, the intervention takes around one minute".

"Our decision to vote in favour of VAR was not taken lightly, but after lengthy research are confident it is a move that is in the best interests of the game".

Associations have to then apply to have VAR implemented, but this basically allows it to be a possibility for leagues and cups.

If Ifab votes to bring in VAR, at least 14 of the Premier League clubs, who will meet in the coming weeks, must vote for VAR to be introduced to the top flight.

"I am very anxious about VAR", said Parish.

The system has come under the spotlight on a handful of occasions in this country.

But opinion is still divided, players and managers have complained of referees being too eager to defer to technology, while fans in stadiums have been left in the dark as to why decisions are being made.

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Infantino points out that the referees' decisions during the trial have been 99 percent correct compared to 93 percent correct before. "You know the answer for everything is going to be more VAR".

Tottenham great Martin Chivers, speaking at the London Football Awards in aid of Willow, called it a "pantomime" and said: "I couldn't believe what was going on, if I'm honest".

"Football is about emotion. We'll go to Southampton and try to win".

"That is something we will look to discuss with the key stakeholders in our domestic game, through the Professional Game Board in the first instance".

"Is it really right that football is the only major sport that doesn't assist its referees by using technology?"

In Liverpool's FA Cup fourth-round loss to West Brom, referee Craig Pawson used VAR three times in the first half, with one decision taking almost three minutes to be resolved.

Big screen: VAR was used at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation. After more than a minute of consultation from the referee, however, the goal was disallowed, much to the disbelief of everyone in the ground. "In 2018 it cannot be possible that every person in the stadium or in their house can find out immediately if the referee has made a mistake, and the only person who hasn't realised that is the referee himself".

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