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FIFA President Confirms Leagues Don't Have To Use VAR And Can Scrap It

FIFA President Confirms Leagues Don't Have To Use VAR And Can Scrap It

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed Europe's top leagues have the right to scrap VAR if they don't think it's necessary.

VAR's introduction in the last few seasons has caused huge controversy and fans are incredibly vocal on the subject.

Many have wondered if it'll last for the long haul and speaking on Friday, Infantino said it isn't a law to have VAR in use.

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Per Goal he stated: "VAR is not an obligation, it's there to help. Those who don't want to use it, they are not obliged to use it."

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

But the 50-year-old is an advocate for VAR and said it is helping and not hindering football.

"We have to remember VAR was introduced for the first time two years ago, not 20 years ago," Infantino continued.

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"VAR is helping football, it's certainly not damaging football.

"We must not make a confusion between VAR and maybe sometimes wrong decisions which are taken because of the wrong way in which VAR is used, maybe in some places because of the lack of experience of those who are using VAR.

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"Let's not forget this really is a landmark change for a referee who didn't grow up with VAR.

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"We have to take the pulse of what is happening out there, to take the criticism and analyse them.

"It helped referees in the World Cup, it helps referees in many competitions and players and coaches agree."

The Reds drew 1-1 with Brighton last week, with Pascal Gross' last minute penalty being a controversial call.

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Milner stated: "It's 'clear and obvious' we need a serious discussion about VAR. Sure I'm not alone in feeling like they are falling out of love with the game in its current state."

What do you think of VAR? Should it continue to be used?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images & Premier League

Topics: Football News, News, Football, Premier League, VAR, Gianni Infantino

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