Infantino Okays video Refereeing For Next World Cup

By Ikenga Chronicles November 23, 2016

Infantino Okays video Refereeing For Next World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed strong interest in video refereeing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite initial doubt that it could break up the game.

While speaking to Tuesday’s Le Parisien newspaper, Infantino said there were initial fears about using video technology to assist referees in crucial decisions. “But I have come to the conclusion after tests that this is not the case” he said of his initial concerns that video use would slow down matches.

The video refereeing has therefore been given a nod by the International Football Association Board (IFAB)–an independent body–for video technology testing in March to be carried out over a two-year period.”We will multiply (the tests) over the two-year period and decide in March 2018″ said Infantino. “I hope we will have video refereeing in time for the 2018 World Cup.”

Several countries including France, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands have been selected to conduct the tests.

Meanwhile, this development follows the widespread introduction of goal-line technology, which was used at the 2014 World Cup and this year’s Champions League and Europa League finals.

The assistant video referee helps officials during difficult decisions such as penalties, free-kicks and off-side rulings.

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