How VAR could operate at football's biggest event

Fans criticise passion-killing VAR as football prepares to go with video

VAR process lacks transparency and leaves everybody guessing

VAR could be approved for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (Ifab) board in Zurich.

The VAR - which its chief architect, the former Premier League referee David Elleray told Telegraph Sport would represent "probably the most significant single change there has been" to the way football was played at the highest level, followed two years of global trials plagued by controversy.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said the final decision on using the system at the June 14-July 15 World Cup will be taken at a meeting of the Fifa Council in Bogota on March 16.

"VAR at the World Cup will certainly help to have a fairer World Cup", Infantino said at a news conference after the IFAB meeting.

Despite criticisms trailing the VAR system, Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, has continued to defend it and assure of its effectiveness.

Data collected from those games showed an improvement in decision-making accuracy from 93% to nearly 99%, and that the number of refereeing mistakes had fallen from one in every three matches without VAR to one in every 19 with the system.

Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA's referee committee, noted that the governing body had been preparing for more than a year to use VAR at the 2018 World Cup even though the decision has not been made.

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Crystal Palace's chairman, Steve Parish, expressed his apprehensions about VAR, which has been in effect in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup in England, saying, "I am very anxious about VAR".

With frozen fans ironically chanting "VAR, VAR, VAR" during the game, Law said it became the "focus of ridicule" and the "VAR Review" message shown on Wembley's big screens was insufficient in terms of communication.

When technology overshadows the actual sport, that is when we should seriously consider its future, and one can only wonder how long this experiment can go on for before everyone in football decides enough is enough. Video review can overturn a "clear and obvious error" by match officials involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity. I'm not saying get rid of VAR altogether as it could be useful for penalty decisions if the ref isn't sure, although I'd think his first port-of-call would be to his assistants running the line.

VAR has had a hard start in English football, with a trial in the FA Cup leading to long delays while decisions are made, with supporters confused about what is happening.

VAR was used at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017. So perhaps VAR could be used more effectively by a referee with, no offence to Tierney, more experience and know-how.

"I would say to fans, players and coaches, of course it will have an impact on matches at the World Cup, it will have a positive impact".

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