Only three-and-a-half months left until the 2018 FIFA World Cup begins in Russia and FIFA President Gianni Infantino continues to support the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR).
Despite of the controversy that surrounds the technology, Infantino believes that VAR will be very useful in the biggest and prestigious football event in the world.
The FIFA president also added that the accuracy rate of the referee increased from 93% to 99%.
In addition, if VAR will be approved, Infantino is certain that it will be used and utilized in Russia this year.
IFAB, the football’s law making body, is expected to decide on weekend whether to authorize its use on a permanent basis.
“We have to base decisions on facts and not feelings. The facts are that from almost 1,000 matches which were tested, the accuracy rate of the referees went up from 93 per cent to 99 per cent. 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.” Infantino addressed
VAR has been used in Serie A fixtures this season and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte backed the use of the same technology in the Premier League following his side’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, after Alvaro Morata’s goal was wrongly called offside.
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