Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Federation Internationale de Football Association approves VAR for World Cup, lifts Iraq ban

Federation Internationale de Football Association approves VAR for World Cup, lifts Iraq ban

The FIFA Council convened on Friday in Colombia, where president Gianni Infantino confirmed the decision had been taken to use the technology. India too had put in an official bid to host the U-20 World Cup but lost out to its European counterpart.

Infantino also answered with a firm and simple "No" when asked if Russia's current political tensions with Britain could affect its hosting of the World Cup.

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The technology was approved by rule-making board IFAB earlier this month but FIFA was yet to ratify its use for football's showpiece tournament, which will be played in Russian Federation from June 14 to July 15.

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"For years, we have been criticised for not doing things", he said.

The landmark decision on using technology came two weeks after FIFA's rule-making panel, known as IFAB, voted to write VAR into the laws of soccer.

"FIFA has given the green light for the resumption, but the organizers of the championship must make the final decision", Infantino stated.

The technology is created to help referees with four key decisions: goals, penalties, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity. "What we definitely want to do is help".

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FIFA's Friday decision came after an global friendly match was held between Saudi Arabia and Iraq in Basra on February 28, one of only two played on Iraqi soil in four decades.

Controversy has been stirred even by the most experienced VAR officials who have handled many more games than most referees who will work at the 64-game World Cup. Both bids will be evaluated first by a task force and disqualified if they did not meet FIFA's technical criteria.

This is Morocco's fifth bid to host the World Cup, after their unsuccessful bids for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions of the tournament.

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