VAR IS ‘CLEAN­ING FOOT­BALL’

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - — KURTIS LARSON

MOSCOW — For­mer World Cup ref­eree Howard Webb didn’t have video as­sis­tant ref­er­ees, mak­ing life all the more dif­fi­cult for old-school of­fi­cials.

“the re­sults ... are ex­tremely clear and ex­tremely pos­i­tive,” FIFA pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino said, ac­cord­ing to The Daily Tele­graph.

there have been 440 “checks” dur­ing this World Cup, with 19 re­views and 16 de­ci­sion changes.

“Var is clean­ing foot­ball, mak­ing it more trans­par­ent and hon­est, help­ing ref­er­ees to make de­ci­sions,” In­fantino con­tin­ued, claim­ing 99.32% of calls at this tour­na­ment have been cor­rect.

“Off­side goals are fin­ished in foot­ball, at least with Var. you will never see an off­side goal scored be­cause with Var you ei­ther are, or you are not, off­side.

“How many times have you (the me­dia) been writ­ing about this: Is he off­side or not? Now you will have other ar­gu­ments be­cause off­side is fin­ished.”

Webb told Postmedia that Var helps World Cup ref­er­ees sleep bet­ter at night.

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