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Video assistant referees (VAR) will be used at Russia World Cup

Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time when the finals get underway in Russia in June, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

The uses of the VAR system was approved earlier this month by the rule-making body IFAB, despite controversy in some of the competitions where it has been trialled over the time taken to make decisions and lack of information for spectators.

Infantino said that VAR had been shown to reduce the number of refereeing mistakes in matches where it had been used.

He said the tests had "provided us with guarantees and concrete facts that VAR definitely helps referees and it will help us have a fairer and more transparent sport.

Infantino had repeatedly promised that VAR would be used at the June 14-July 15 World Cup and has made it one of his priorities since being elected FIFA chief in February 2016.

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