Federation Internationale de Football Association approves use of video referees at 2018 World Cup

"Working in partnership with FIFA, we are determined to seize this historic opportunity to inspire and help shape the future of football for the century to come".

"It can not be possible that in 2018 everybody, in the stadium or at home, knows in a few seconds if the referee has made a mistake but not the referee himself - not because he doesn't want to know about it but because we forbid him to know. With VAR, the figures we have seen from the trials that have been held show that a big mistake is made once every 19 matches".

FIFA stated on its website on Saturday that, "the FIFA Council voted in favour of amending Regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia so that the tournament adopts the following changes to the Laws of the Game approved by The International Football Association Board (IFAB) during its 132nd Annual General Meeting".

He added: "I was sceptical at first, but without trying you can not know what it's worth".

The system allows the referee or the video assistant to review decisions where a "clear and obvious" error is spotted.

A referee operating the VAR machine in a past Bundesliga match.

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Uefa has already ruled out use of the technology in the 2018-19 Champions League, whereas the Spanish and French domestic top tiers have said they will introduce the technology from next season.

"If they are eligible they will be taken to Congress where a decision will be made".

Not everyone is pleased, though.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said, after his side's delays against Rochdale: "We are going to kill emotion in football".

Though it is the home of the Arizona Cardinals, the stadium has hosted a slew of soccer games over the years, including a doubleheader quarterfinal for the Gold Cup in July of 2017.

However, AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso, who held a press conference ahead of Sunday's match against Chievo, was more welcoming of the technology: "I think the VAR should be used in Europe, too".

  • Regina Holmes