- FIFA want video technology to be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
- But the decision may be overturned after critics suggest it does not always work
- The International FA Board, football’s rule-making body, are due to discuss it
Football’s lawmakers could reconsider implementing video technology at the 2018 World Cup after a string of errors.
But critics say there is not nearly enough proof that the process works properly and argue Infantino is rushing into technology prematurely.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants video assistant referees to be used in 2018 World Cup
VARs were first used in a FIFA competition at last December’s Club World Cup in Japan when the system — which can only be used for goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity — attracted criticism for causing confusion.
Several countries are trialling video technology, including France, Germany, Holland and the USA, while the system is set to be used in this season’s FA Cup.
But following a raft of controversial decisions, including at the Confederations Cup last June and during the early part of this season, there is mounting evidence video technology can prove counter-productive.
Football’s rule-making body, The International FA Board will discuss the issue at its interim meeting in December and again at its full annual session next March.
Unless there is a noticeable improvement in the system’s efficiency, there is every chance lawmakers will put the brakes on implementation and call for further experimentation.
‘My major concern is we are rushing into this,’ said Welsh FA chief executive Jonathan Ford. ‘To have it at the World Cup finals is really quite a dangerous thing to do. It’s a high-risk strategy if it all goes wrong and has to be booted out afterwards.’
Video technology for referees was trailled at this year’s Confederations Cup