Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup in Russia this year, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

“We are going to have our first World Cup with video assisted refereeing,” he told reporters. “This has been adopted and approved and we are extremely happy with that decision.”

The decision comes two weeks after FIFA voted to write video assistant referees into the football rule book.

Referees can call on VAR to review and overturn “clear and obvious errors” plus “serious missed incidents” involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.

Infantino acknowledged two weeks ago that VAR was currently “not perfect”, but advocated its use at the upcoming World Cup.

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