Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Federation Internationale de Football Association satisfied with video referee debut at World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association satisfied with video referee debut at World Cup

All 32 participating teams were provided with guidelines by Federation Internationale de Football Association prior to the tournament on how the VAR system would be operating at this World Cup.

System VAR was involved in the appointment of a penalty in the match Peru-Denmark, but the Peruvians their chance late in the first half is not used.

"The VAR is still very much a work in progress, but we've seen from the early matches in the World Cup that already a number of penalties have been correctly awarded that maybe wouldn't have been otherwise".

However, the fact VAR can only overturn a decision which is deemed a "clear and obvious error" means all of those penalties were given and Zuber's goal was allowed to stand, because although the decisions were debatable, they were not clear mistakes. "They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it".

Specifically, Caboclo asks for clarification regarding the VAR protocol and questions why the technology was not used, in what the CBF calls "certain key-episodes" of the game.

Argentina got their World Cup campaign off to a disappointing start as they were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw against tournament newcomers Iceland in their opening match and there was a controversial penalty claim waved away without consulting VAR.

With time running out, substitute Cristian Pavon appeared to be fouled inside the box by Birkir Saevarsson, but a second penalty was not awarded by the unmoved Szymon Marciniak, prompting disbelief among the Argentine players.

He said: "Would it have been given in the Premier League?"

The Manchester City defender caught the Tunisia forward in the face in the 35th minute of England's World Cup opener in Volgograd on Monday, although protested his innocence, and was shown a yellow card before Ferjani Sassi coolly slotted home.

He told the BBC: "The one small thing I would perhaps say to Harry is "moan a bit more, point it out to the referee". It is a learning curve for me.

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