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#Russia2018: Fans To Watch Replay of Video Assistant Referee at World Cup

World football governing body, FIFA says it will replay incidents reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) on Stadium screens once a decision has been made by a referee during the World Cup.

The decision according to FIFA is because of criticisms from fans who said they are left out over the use of the Hawk-Eye technology during games.

FIFA through IFAB’s head of technology Sebastian Runge said, “We know communications inside the stadium and outside is important. We are learning the experience of different leagues,”

“We are not showing any replays while the referee is making the decision, only afterwards. We don’t want the referee to be influenced by the crowd…if we showed what is happening on the screen before the decision, there would be some reaction and it could have an influence.”

“The only thing that can really fail is the link between the communications system in the stadium and the system in the International Broadcast Centre in Moscow,”

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), approved the use of the VAR system in March and FIFA subsequently confirmed that it would be used at the World Cup in Russia.

The system is already being used on a trial basis in Serie A and the Bundesliga, amongst other competitions, although its use has led to confusion and there are worries that the system is still not working smoothly enough for a big tournament.

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