FIFA president Gianni Infantino 'extremely happy' with VAR
"Extremely happy" FIFA president Gianni Infantino says VAR is "the future of modern football" despite a rash of criticism of the technology during Confederations Cup matches over the past three days.
After a long delay on Sunday, the video referral system disallowed a Portugal for offsides in their 2-2 draw against Mexico. And Eduardo Vargas had his first-half goal in Chile's 2-0 defeat of Cameroon discounted for the same reason despite replays showing he was in a legal position.
Vargas then was awarded a goal in second-half stoppage-time that was initially nullified by referees on the field. And there was more controversy in Germany's 3-2 victory over Australia on Monday.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos spoke out about the new system in the wake of his side's draw, calling it "confusing."
Head of refereeing Massimo Busacca said before the tournament that the technology should help referees "to eliminate a clear scandal in football," and Infantino expressed his satisfaction with VAR on Monday.
"I am extremely happy with VAR so far," Infantino said in a statement. "We have seen how video assistance has helped referees to make the correct decisions. This is what VAR is all about.
"The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication.
"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening. This is a milestone tournament. Video Assistant Refereeing is the future of modern football."
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