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Russia 2018: the World Cup where VAR made the difference | Africanews - 8 months ago, 13 July 06:21

Daniel Mumbere Wit ...

The World Cup in Russia introduced the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to global audiences, as it was being used at football’s biggest tournament for the first time.

The use of the VAR system was approved in March by the rule-making body IFAB, despite controversy in some of the competitions in which it has been trialled over the time taken to make decisions and lack of information for spectators.

VAR was one of the biggest talking points in the early stages of the World Cup in Russia, with up to 335 incidents checked using VAR in the group stages.

We have always said that VAR doesn’t mean perfection – there could still be the wrong interpretation or a mistake – but I think you would agree that 99.3% is very close to perfection.

During the media referee conference after the group stage, the system was credited with improving ...
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