VAR technology not perfect but ready for World Cup – FIFA director

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MOSCOW — FIFA director of refereeing Massimo Busacca tried to set expectations about the organization’s introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for the 2018 World Cup, telling gathered media not to expect perfection and that certain reviews could potentially take as long as 10 minutes.

Busacca was part of a panel that took part in the Referees Media Briefing held by FIFA at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee was also in attendance, as were World Cup referees Sandro Ricci and Rashvan Irmatov.

During the briefing it was confirmed that Nestor Pitana of Argentina would referee Thursday’s opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with compatriots Juan Pablo Bellatti and Hernan Maidana acting as assistant referees. Ricci will be the fourth official, while Massimiliano Irrati, Mauro Vigliano, Carlos Astroza and Daniele Orsato will serve as VARs.

But the QA portion of the briefing soon centered on VAR and its implementation. The 2018 World Cup will mark the first time VAR has been used in the tournament, though it has been used in several leagues around the world as well

Article source: http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup/story/3523628/var-technology-not-perfect-but-ready-for-world-cup-fifa-director

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