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FIFA To Introduce Video Referees

Posted: Mar 6, 2016 at 6:38 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Peter Edema with agency report

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved trials for video assistant referees in the sport.
A decision to test the advantages and disadvantage of video assistants in private before implementing live experiments for the 2017-18 season was taken at IFAB’s annual general meeting in Cardiff on Saturday.
The IFAB agreed to allow one type of experiment, which will involve a video assistant referee having access to video replays during the match and either reviewing an incident on request by the referee, or communicating with the referee proactively about an incident that he/she may have missed
“The expectation is not to achieve 100 per cent accuracy in decisions for every single incident, but to avoid clearly incorrect decisions that are pre-defined “game-changing” situations – goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and mistaken identity,” FIFA said on its website.
The IFAB says 12 leagues and one confederation are interested in staging live trials.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said of the decision: “We have taken really a historic decision for football. FIFA and IFAB are now leading the debate and not stopping the debate.
“We have shown we are listening to the fans, the players.”
The IFAB has also amended the wording of the rule concerning the “triple punishment” for a player who concedes a penalty and is sent off and suspended having been deemed to have denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
Furthermore, a player who is injured by a challenge that results in a yellow or red card can be treated on the field rather than having to leave the pitch and hand the team who committed the offence an advantage.
In other changes, players will be able to kick the ball in any direction from the kick-off instead of just being able to kick it forwards, while experimentation with a fourth substitution in extra time has also been allowed.
The changes will be enforced from June 1.