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FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Wednesday said the world football ruling body has looked back extremely satisfied with how the referees performed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Infantino also said FIFA was impressed with how the historical implementation of Video Assistant Referee contributed to the resounding success of refereeing at Russia 2018.

“We said we wanted this to be the best World Cup ever and it’s been the best World Cup ever. A crucial role in this achievement was played by the referees who excelled with performances of the highest standard,’’ he said in a statement released by the FIFA Media Office,

Infantino said, following the fundamental decision to use VAR at the World Cup, FIFA was extremely happy with the overwhelming acceptance of VAR by players, coaches, fans and the media.

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Zvonimir Boban, FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General (Football), was also quoted in the statement as underlining the importance of the revolutionary use of video technology to football.

“As said by the FIFA President, VAR is not changing football, it is cleaning football, and this was our overriding aim when we started the VAR project together with The IFAB.

“The extensive preparation, both before and during the tournament, coordinated and guided by the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina and FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca, has produced outstanding results and I am proud to have been part of this team.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Boban oversaw the entire VAR project.

The implementation of VAR represented a huge talking point during the World Cup, generating a fantastic debate about football and its rules.

“It is great that there has been such widespread discussion, but only fully understanding the Laws of the Game and VAR procedures gives credibility to these discussions,” added Boban.

“Building on the success of refereeing and the use of VAR at the World Cup, FIFA will continue its efforts to improve and develop overall standards of refereeing.

“It will also assist all member-associations and leagues wishing to implement VAR in their competitions,’’ he said.

NAN reports that 455 incidents were checked during the 64 matches played at the World Cup, for an average of 7.1 checks per match, while there were 20 VAR reviews.

(NAN)

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