Video replays officially confirmed for 2018 World Cup

A FIFA official has confirmed in Bogota that match officials at this year’s World Cup in Russia will use video replays.

The use of the VAR system was approved earlier this month by the rule-making body IFAB, despite controversy in some of the competitions in which it has been trialled over the time taken to make decisions and lack of information for spectators.

“We are going to have our first World Cup with video assisted refereeing”, – Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council.

The World Cup, which takes place from June 14-July 15, will see VAR used to judge whether a goal has been scored, analyse whether a penalty should be awarded, decide on red cards and rectify if a player has been mistakenly sanctioned.

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