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Australian A-League first to trial video ref system

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Tim Cahill

Australia’s A-League has become the first domestic competition to trial the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

The technology was in place for Melbourne City’s 1-0 win over Adelaide United on Saturday, but was not needed.

VARs can only review incidents relating to goals, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties.

As part of Fifa’s ongoing testing, VARs will be involved for the remaining two rounds of the regular Australian season plus the three weeks of finals.

World governing body Fifa’s president Gianni Infantino is keen to employ the system during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

VAR technology was used to correct two decisions as Spain beat France in a friendly last month, having been first utilised in France’s 3-1 friendly win in Italy last September.

It could be used in English football as early as August, bringing forward the start of a planned trial by several months.

The Football Association had initially said the technology could be trialled in the FA Cup in January 2018, but could now begin in the EFL Cup first round.

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Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Australian A-League first to trial video ref system

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