ARGENTINA is bringing in VAR technology – but players and coaches will reportedly be booked if they themselves try to persuade referees to call for a video replay.
This year’s Under-20 World Cup and Confederations Cup were the latest high-profile tournaments to test the system, whereby referees can review major incidents.
And now the technology, which is likely to be used in the 2018 World Cup finals and during the Premier League next season, is coming to South America.
Roy Nemer, who runs Argentina news website Mundo Albiceleste, tweeted today: “VAR to be introduced in Argentina.
“Was explained that if a player or coach ask for VAR, it’s automatic yellow card. Only refs call for it.”
All-time great Diego Maradona, whose infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal helped Argentina beat England 2-0 in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, is also backing VAR.
He told fifa.com: ” Technology brings transparency and quality, and it provides a positive outcome for teams who decide to attack and take risks.”
VAR – video assistant referee – involves three people studying four types of debatable decision.
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These are goals, including incidents in the build-up, penalties, red cards and mistaken identity in awarding cards.
The system can mainly be used in two in different ways – either the referee alone has the ability to refer decisions, or the VAR team themselves can notify the ref.
But only potentially “clear errors” can be assessed.
The referee then has three options once they get the VAR verdict.
They can stick with their original decision, overturn it, or review the incident themselves on a monitor.
VAR was first trialled in August 2016 when the reserve sides of MLS clubs New York Red Bulls and Orlando B met.
Now the MLS, Serie A in Italy and Australia’s A-League use it.
But former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has been among the sternest critic of how refs apply VAR after several controversial decisions at this summer’s Confederations Cup.
He labelled the system a “shambles” and added: “If you look at sports that use VAR – we’re the laughing stock.”
Meanwhile, Maradona’s support for the system might be tough to take for those Three Lions’ fans whose memories go back 31 years to Mexico.
He said of his wrongly-allowed goal: “Obviously I think about it whenever I show my support for the use of technology.
“I thought about it and, sure, that goal wouldn’t have stood if technology had been around.
“And I’ll tell you something else – at the 1990 World Cup I used my hand to clear the ball off the line against the Soviet Union.
“We were lucky because the referee didn’t see it. You couldn’t use technology back then, but it’s a different story today.
“Let’s not forget that England won the World Cup in ‘66 with a shot that didn’t go over the line.
“Then it happened to them in 2010, when (Frank) Lampard’s shot crossed the line against Germany but wasn’t given.
“England had the ball and scored the goal they deserved, but Germany grew in confidence after that and it changed the match completely.
“There have been lots of incidents where World Cup history would have been different if technology had been used. It’s time to change all that.”
“People used to say that we’d waste a lot of time, that it would cause a lot of annoyance. But that’s not the case.”
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