VAR: the controversial video refereeing use in Russia 2018

  • EFE

The football World Cup Russia 2018 will, very possibly, implement the video referee system to solve the dubious plays in every match.

The International Board, an organization that monitors the rules governing football, approved the use of the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) in all competitions, including the next World Cup. It only requires the approval of the FIFA Council, which will meet on March 16 in Bogota, although specialists take for granted the approval.

With so many supporters as detractors, this referee assistance system can only be used in four scenarios: awarding or not a goal, awarding or not a penalty, deciding whether an offence is worthy of a direct red card, or to correct mistaken identity.

The VAR has been used in Italian and German leagues, but still cannot overcome the skepticism of some important managers, such as the president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, who has already said that the system would not be used in the 2018-2019 season’s Champions League.

Supporters of this system say that the VAR promotes greater justice in the game, while those who oppose it feel that it takes away human touch of refereeing errors, and stopping the game while reviewing the play will create additional tension among players.

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