Video Assistant Referee (VAR) set to debut at 2018 World Cup

"We hope and encourage a favourable decision in this respect because we are very positive about VAR".

The implementation of the VAR system has been one of Infantino's main projects since he was elected in February 2016.

International FA Board have unanimously voted for the use of Video Assisted Referee (VAR) at the forth coming World cup in Russian Federation.

But following a vote of IFAB (made up of the home nations and FIFA) that was described as "unanimous", Glenn also acknowledged mounting complaints about the system. "Perfection I think in our world does not exist", Infantino said at a media gathering. "That is what the results of the study show".

Infantino points out that the referees' decisions during the trial have been 99 percent correct compared to 93 percent correct before.

Infantino says he was "pretty much against" the system until he "studied it". We bring more fairness in the game with this. "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".

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said it will not be implemented in next season's Champions League amidst the ongoing confusion. Tierney double-checked with VAR, naturally, with more time wasted and players and fans becoming more and more bemused.

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There were additional decisions taken at the AGM, including allowing the option of an "additional" substitute to be used in extra time, as well as approving the use of electronic and communication equipment in the technical area (small handheld mobile devices), strictly for tactical/coaching purposes and player safety. Yeah, about that.Well now we can discuss it all over again in the World Cup with Federation Internationale de Football Association deciding to use the system.

During Tottenham Hotspur's 6-1 win over Rochdale in Wednesday's FA Cup fifth round replay, five of the goals scored and numerous other incidents were referred to VAR. But the advent of VAR is complicated by the fact that it can only be used at the highest level of the game and in wealthy countries.

A statement to BBC Sport read: "We are monitoring closely the video assistant referee trials being conducted in other competitions".

"The evidence and learning provided by those trials will inform further discussions with our clubs later this season".

It does not automatically follow that VAR will be introduced in the Premier League, with a number of executives at top-flight clubs known to have serious concerns about the technology.

The IFAB is the universal decision-making body for the Laws of the Game of association football.

  • Lawrence Cooper