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Ceferin opposes rushing in video refs for Russia 2018

November 24 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has re-iterated his opposition to FIFA bringing in video technology too early.

Gianni Infantino, Ceferin’s opposite number, wants video assistant referees (VARs) to be in place for the World Cup next year to rule on match-changing decisions but Ceferin has warned that could be premature.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Republicca, the usually modern-thinking Ceferin takes a more conservative position on VARs.

“The referee should remain the judge, otherwise it’s like a robot making decisions,” he said.

Several countries are trialling video technology, including France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, while it was also used – not altogether effectively – at last summer’s Confederations Cup.

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