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“Overzealous” referees a hurdle for VAR use at World Cup


BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) equipment is seen prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Brighton, England. This fixture will be the first competitive club match in England in which VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology is to be used. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Bryn Lennon

LONDON (AP) A member of soccer’s lawmaking body says a problem with “over-zealous” video assistant referees needs to be resolved before the technology is approved for use at the World Cup.

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The International Football Association Board has been overseeing trials with video replay over the last two years.

FIFA, which holds half of the eight IFAB votes, wants video assistant referees (VARs) at the World Cup in Russia in June. Approval is likely to come at a March meeting of IFAB, which also features the four British federations.

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But English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn says “over-zealous VARs intervening too often seems to be the key issue. That would interfere with the flow.”

Glenn wants to “look at the things that have gone wrong” and ensure replays are used “more uniformly.”

On Tuesday, Glenn said: “The big question is: Should we put (replays) into the World Cup?”