Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

FIFA 'extremely satisfied' with World Cup refereeing and calls VAR a success

FIFA 'extremely satisfied' with World Cup refereeing and calls VAR a success

However, VAR was not consulted on two occasions when Harry Kane was brought down in the box in off-the-ball incidents, both of which looked like potential penalties on the TV replays.

Southgate was correct in highlighting that the decision to award Tunisia a first half penalty wasn't a "clear and obvious error", but added, "if penalties are going to be given for that then it's going to be an interesting tournament".

Strict warnings that grappling at set-pieces would be punished were also issued, though there has already been clear inconsistencies in this between games - with penalties awarded in some matches, and in others clear incidents going unpunished. When do you ask for it? He actually hits him and he is very, very lucky to get away with a yellow card because according to the rules, if you hit someone with your elbow, you're off - it's a red card.

"We need to recognize and live with the fact that, although it should increase the chances of just outcomes, VAR doesn't guarantee them. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it".

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What are the rules of VAR being used?

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system which is being used for the first time in the World Cup in Russian Federation has certainly given plenty of reasons for discussion, with Brazil angry that Switzerland's equalizing goal against them in the 1-1 draw in Rostov on Sunday night was allowed to stand and asking for explanations why nobody spotted Stefan Zuber's push on Joao Miranda.

"I'm not sure that they are going to go completely free because the second half was terrible". Would it have been given in the Premier League?

Russian Federation is holding its first-ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. It is a learning curve for me.

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