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FIFA president Infantino backs video referees for next year’s World Cup despite Confederation Cup hiccups

Date Posted,July 1, 2017

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has given video refs the thumbs up for next summer’s World Cup.

The VAR system has had a mixed reaction after being trailed at the Confederations Cup.

There was confusion in Cameroon’s defeat to Germany when referee Wilmar Roldan watched a replay before handing the wrong player a red card.

In another incident, Chile were denied a clear penalty against Portugal as the VAR was not consulted.

Wilmar Roldan shows the wrong Cameroon player a red card (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
A referee reviews the VAR footage during the FIFA Confederations Cup (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

There was also controversy during England’s defeat to France last month, when Raphael Varane was sent off and a penalty awarded.

But Infantino is not worried about unleashing the technology at the main event in Russia in 2018.

“Nothing is standing in the way of using VARs [at the World Cup], as far as I’m concerned,” Infantino said.

The technology has had mixed reviews during the Confederations Cup (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

“So far it has been successful. We are learning, we are improving, we are continuing the tests.

“Without the VARs, we would have had a different tournament. And a tournament which would have been a little less fair.

“We need to work still on some of the details, on the communication and the speed of the decisions being taken.”

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