FIFA all set for re­plays at World Cup

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SPORTS+ -

Two cramped rooms in a Moscow sub­urb could make or break coun­tries’ dreams of World Cup glory. This World Cup tour­na­ment will be the first to use video re­views, stan­dard prac­tice in many other sports around the world, but an abom­i­na­tion to some soc­cer fans who see it as killing the game’s soul. FIFA hopes it will stop fans grip­ing about bi­ased, in­com­pe­tent or cor­rupt ref­er­ees — even though in the last two weeks, one Saudi ref­eree was dropped from the World Cup af­ter be­ing banned for life in a cor­rup­tion case, while a Kenyan as­sis­tant ref­eree stepped down from World Cup du­ties af­ter be­ing filmed ap­par­ently ac­cept­ing a cash pay­ment.

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