Video referees to be used at Russia 2018

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By James Edgar
Video referees to be used at Russia 2018

Video referees will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has announced.

It will be the first time video assistant referee (VAR) technology will be utilised at a World Cup.

Infantino said the sport’s governing body had received “nothing but positive feedback” from trials so far.

VAR was used for the first time at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December, and it was brought in for decisions in Spain’s win over France last month.

In Russia it will only review incidents relating to goals, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties.

It is thought competitions around the world will begin to adopt the technology in the coming months and years.