Federation Internationale de Football Association president happy with video review despite confusion

Sandy Mccarthy
June 20, 2017

We have already seen VARs overturning game-changing decisions which could have cost teams precious results, and that is exactly its desired effect.

"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening". "Even if it is the right decision, this has an impact on players' emotions and feelings".

Portugal saw a goal disallowed for offside in their 2-2 draw with Mexico only after a lengthy delay, while Eduardo Vargas had a strike ruled out for Chile against Cameroon for the same offence despite video replays indicating he was onside.

FIFA said disciplinary committee chairman Anin Yeboah "decided to impose a warning on the Mexican Football Federation for the misconduct of a small group of Mexican fans in relation to insulting and discriminatory chants". A decision on approval is due in March.

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One "clear error" might be overturned every four or five games, Federation Internationale de Football Association head of refereeing Massimo Busacca suggested previous year.

The review system is being tested at the tournament after some trials elsewhere and if successful could be approved by IFAB in March in time for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication", Infantino acknowledged. "Video Assistant Refereeing is the future of modern football". Yet it was not related to the shot which led to the ball going into the net via Nani, but for a move before a previous shot by Cristiano Ronaldo which came back off the bar, when Pepe was adjudged offside.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos spoke out about the new system in the wake of his side's draw, calling it "confusing."

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