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Infantino says video review delivered better decisions

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 00:57

FIFA give an 'extremely positive' assessment of their controversial video review system

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SHOWS: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (DECEMBER 17, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "But bottom line, decisions were right, referees took a right decision and referees could use the help of the video. And our objective and our belief is that VAR can deliver this minimum interference for maximum benefit, which is essential for the flow of the game." 2. NEWS CONFERENCE 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "We are even more encouraged by the results because we have seen it's actually possible for referees to very quickly learn how the system functions. And the results so far in the tests, both in the offline test and the online test and the live test and now in the official competition, have been extremely encouraging, extremely positive." STORY: FIFA gave an assessment of its video review system as "extremely positive" on Saturday (December 17), the day before the FIFA Club World Cup final in Yokohama. The video review system is struggling to win supporters as the technology sparked controversy for the second straight match at the tournament in Japan. Real Madrid reached the final by beating Club America 2-0 on Thurday (December 16) but the review system was again the talking point after Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time strike angered some fans. The first time video evidence was used was to award a penalty in the first semi-final when Japanese team Kashima Antlers beat Colombia's Atletico Nacional on Wednesday (December 15). Kashima benefited after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) called the referee's attention to an infringement by Atletico's Orlando Berrio. The decision, and the time it took to reach it, provoked anger from fans, as play continued for another 45 seconds, enough time for Kashima to launch another attack, before the ball went out for a throw-in and the referee asked for a review. In the second semi-final, Ronaldo's goal was originally disallowed for offside before being allowed on video review. FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said problems in the first semi-final were caused not by VAR, but by miscommunication between referees, who yet to be familiar with the new system in a real match. "But bottom line, decisions were right, referees took a right decision and referees could use the help of the video," the president said. "Our objective and our belief is that VAR can deliver this minimum interference for maximum benefit, which is essential for the flow of the game. "We are even more encouraged by the results because we have seen it's actually possible for referees to very quickly learn how the system functions. And the results so far in the tests, both in the offline test and the online test and the live test and now in the official competition, have been extremely encouraging, extremely positive," Infantino added. Real Madrid and Japanese champions Kashima Antlers play the Club World Cup final on Sunday (December 19), with Mexico's Club America and Colombia's Atletico Nacional contesting the third place play-off earlier in the day.

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Infantino says video review delivered better decisions

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 00:57