Infantino confirms video assistant refs for 2018 World Cup

  • Infantino confirms video assistant refs for 2018 World Cup

Infantino confirms video assistant refs for 2018 World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino at news conference at Federation Internationale de Football Association headquarters, Zurich, March 18, 2016.

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has reveled that the governing will use Video Assistant Referees at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Infantino, who replaced the disgraced Sepp Blatter at the helm in February 2016, said: "We will use video refereeing because we've had nothing but positive feedback so far".

World football governing body, FIFA, has revealed its plan to commence the use of Video Assistant Referee, VAR at the 2018 World Cup.

It was used to support referees making "game-changing" decisions on goals, penalties, red cards or cases of mistaken identity.

This will be the first time in history that video assistant referee (VAR) technology will be utilised at a World Cup.

Bild, Germany's most popular paper, has said it will boycott the Confederations Cup if journalists are not given freedom to report as they please.

Proposals include raising the number of competing countries to 16 from the usual number of 12, CONMEBOL's vice-president Arturo Salah said.

Along with confirming the spaces for South American teams, the leader of world football insisted the 2026 World Cup would have 48 teams, up from the 32 teams in 2022.

It has also been suggested that European countries be invited to take part.