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LaLiga to take VAR plunge in 2018-19

06 March 2018

For Infantino, who will be on hand Saturday for the IFAB announcement, global football can not allow anyone with a smart-phone having access to better information than a World Cup referee.

Following the IFAB's unanimous approval, it is nearly certain that the Fifa Council will sanction the use of the VAR system at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation when it meets in Colombia later this month, and Infantino is confident it will have a a positive effect.

Video review is going to help referees at the World Cup, bringing football's biggest event into line with sports.

"The Premier League is the most lucrative league in the world so the effect of a bad implementation of VAR would be very serious, but likewise the outcome of not ever running VAR when the stakes are so high is a big deal as well".

I might be wrong but I was under the impression that VAR was for incidents that the referee and his assistants couldn't see or had doubts about.

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"We're going down an incredibly risky road with that", he added, "My real problem is that we've got it for five decisions at the moment, but I can't see any end to it".

The FIFA Council meeting in Bogota on March 15 and 16 would then rubber-stamp VAR's use at the World Cup.

FIFA's historical reluctance to embrace technological help for referees changed at the 2010 World Cup, after an England goal was not given despite Frank Lampard's shot clearly crossing the German goal-line.

ESPN reported there were 309 incidents reviewed using VAR in Serie A up to October 30.

Six out of eight votes are needed for a change in football's rules.

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SFA President Alan McRae also backed the decision, saying: "As a founding member of IFAB, we support the decision to endorse VAR and are proud to have played our part in a move that we feel is a significant step for football".

This week, LaLiga confirmed it would introduce the technology from next season, but UEFA has said it will not be rolled out in the Champions League.

As anticipated the International FA Board voted for video assistant referees to be used from the World Cup this summer despite calls to delay implementation until the system has been properly ironed out.

At the 2014 World Cup, FIFA deployed goal-line technology. Communication was unclear during reviews lasting minutes instead of a handful of seconds, which was the target suggested in 2016 when the protocol for using VAR was shaped and trials began.

Separately, the IFAB meeting also approved a fourth substitute in the case of extra time.

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It also overshadowed Fernando Llorente's ideal second-half left-foot, right-foot, header hat-trick, Son's second strike and a first Spurs goal for youngster Kyle Walker-Peters as the hosts eventually ran out 6-1 winners to book a quarter-final at Swansea.

LaLiga to take VAR plunge in 2018-19