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Controversy grips the use Video Referee

After running a test with the 2017 confederations cup in Russia, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system is in jeopardy of being scrapped.
In a move to use technology to rid the games of controversial decisions, the VAR had a shambolic debut in football with more controversial decisions that before.

The controversial decisions in the Confederations cup tournament include a referee sending off the wrong player after consorting the VAR in the Germany Cameroon game, a referee failing to consort the video referee when Jose Fonte clearly fouled Francisco Silva in the box and Timo Werner being elbowed in the face by Chile defender, Gonzalo Jara resulting in a yellow card instead of red even after the referee used the VAR.

Taking to social media, some former players and referees voiced their dismay at the new system.
Former Liverpool winger, Luis Garcia
: “Still not getting the VAR!! if you have to take a decision and stop the match, must be something that changes the game”
Former Stoke defender, Danny Higginbotham: VAR will only work with factual decisions, not subjective ones. Blatant red card but when based on ref’s opinion, VAR is pointless.
Former Premier League Referee, Mark Halsey : What on earth is going on with VAR? it’s a shambles. There is a protocol in place but officials are not adhering to it.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended the system Nothing is standing in the was if using VARs at the World Cup, as far as he is concerned.

“without VAR, we would have had a different tournament and it would have been a little less fair.”
Thanks to VAR, we have achieved a great thing. Those big mistakes will not happen any longer.

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