Video ref­er­ees set to make his­tory

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

As­sis­tant ref­er­ees in video rooms with ac­cess to all match footage will be used for the first time in a FIFA com­pe­ti­tion at this month’s Club World Cup.

The sys­tem will be tested at the tour­na­ment in Ja­pan, which fea­tures Real Madrid and kicks off on Thurs­day.

FIFA ap­pears to be mov­ing to­ward bring­ing in video ref­er­ees for ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing the World Cup.

The video as­sis­tant ref­er­ees — dubbed “an im­por­tant piece of his­tory” by FIFA — will cor­rect ref­er­ees in cru­cial matchchang­ing de­ci­sions, such as red-card of­fenses or penalty calls.

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