VAR incidents to be shown on stadium screens at World Cup

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 20, 2018

Replays of incidents reviewed by video assistant referees (VAR) will also be shown on big screens when the technology makes its World Cup debut in Russian Federation later this year.

VAR has been trialled in some domestic English cup games this season, as well as in Germany and Italy, and Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed in March the system would be used at the World Cup, starting in June.

"We are not showing any replays while the referee is making the decision, only afterwards".

There will be four additional technicians in charge of screens and camera angles, with a Federation Internationale de Football Association representative ready to pass on the decisions with explanations on giant screens.

Runge said a breakdown of the VAR system during a match was unlikely.

"We don't want the referee to be influenced by the crowd.if we showed what is happening on the screen before the decision, there would be some reaction and it could have an influence".

The use of VARs in leagues has been surrounded by confusion among the fans and even coaching staff.

Fifa's referees' chief and former World Cup final referee Pierluigi Collina said the system "is about avoiding clear and obvious major errors".

In theory the VAR model is only supposed to support the referee in four game-changing situations: disputed goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and cases of mistaken identity.

"We have to remember that the very clear objective and the success of VAR will also depend on how it is understood", said Collina.

In others, players have scored goals, the entire stadium has celebrated and the score has flashed across on live scoring websites, only for the incident to be reviewed as the other team is about to re-start the game and the goal annulled. "There will continue to be incidents where a final answer can not be given.the target is to avoid major mistakes, not to scrutinise every single decision". "There will continue to be incidents when a final answer will not be given and there will be different opinions".

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