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FIFA hopeful VAR will prevent World Cup controversies

Germany Soccer Spotlight VAR

FILE - In this July 20, 2017 file photo referee Sascha Stegemann watches TV screens in the video assist center in Cologne, Germany. Video assistance was intended to make life easier for Germany’s referees but allegations of manipulation, incompetence and calls from fans to scrap the new technology altogether are dogging its trial in the Bundesliga. This week the German soccer federation (DFB) dismissed Hellmut Krug as head of its VAR project after tabloid claims that he had influenced two key decisions in a game between his hometown club Schalke and visiting Wolfsburg on Oct. 28. (Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa via AP)


BRUSSELS (AP) FIFA has acknowledged the frozen screens, unsmooth offside lines and other recent Video Assistant Referee (VAR) hiccups but soccer’s governing body is hopeful the system will prevent controversial decisions at the World Cup.

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Johannes Holzmueller, the head of FIFA’s Technology Innovation Department, said on Tuesday “now that we go into the World Cup we are quite sure that we will have the best setup that is possible at the moment.”

Holzmueller, however, refused to say the system would be fool-proof in time for the World Cup that kicks off in Moscow on June 14.

Ultimately, he said, that “it is technology. It can fail.”