FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the use of Video Assistant Referees at next year’s World Cup in Russia is more than possible following a “successful” trial at the recently concluded Confederations Cup.
VARs are referees who will help on-field officials clarify judgements on incidents that the latter had no clear view of.
The new system has been met with heavy criticism but the president of football’s governing body insists the VAR system will be used in Russia next year.
“Nothing is standing in the way of using VAR [at the World Cup], as far as I’m concerned,” said Infantino in a news conference. “So far it has been successful. We are learning, we are improving, we are continuing the tests.”
“Without VAR, we would have had a different tournament, and a tournament which would have been a little less fair,” added Infantino.
“We need to work still on some of the details, on the communication and the speed of the decisions being taken.”
Even FIFA referees’ committee chairman Pierluigi Collina admitted that the new high-technology system is still not perfect, but is confident it will be ready for the World Cup.
“We are in a sort of work in progress,” said the chairman.
“We see the very positive result we had but we are aware that we can improve. This is normal.”