Video technology expected to receive green light at IFAB AGM

Published: Saturday 5th March 2016 by The News Editor

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New FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes football cannot ignore technology.

The 45-year-old is in Cardiff ahead of the International Football Association Board’s AGM where they are expected to give the go-ahead for live video trials to help officials.

Sin-bins and the possibility of allowing a fourth substitute in extra time in cup competitions will also be on the agenda on Saturday.

But video technology could send football into a new era and Infantino knows the IFAB must get it right before anything is given the official green light.

He said: “Technology is on the agenda, the experiments to be done are on the agenda and it’s important to protect the traditions.

“Football is such a successful sport because some wise people have protected the history but we cannot close our eyes to progress.

“We have to look forward. Look into it, test it, maybe it’s successful, maybe it’s not. Maybe we have to fine-tune it and maybe it takes a few more years to reach the right solution.

“Football has a particularity which is the flow of the game and we have to see what impact technology has.

“We are confident we can come out with something good at some stage. I am not afraid of anything. We have to acknowledge we are in 2016 and we have to be open.”

The English and Scottish Football Associations are keen to trial video technology which would aid officials with goals, red cards, penalties and mistaken identities.

“I will hope we see trials in as many places as possible in the world but also in England and Scotland,” said Infantino.

“I would like everyone to have an open mind about these things without prejudging what the results at the end will be. The recommendation is that this moves forward. We have to discuss it tomorrow.

“Sooner or later it will be inevitable. Let’s start to do something sooner rather than later.”

Published: Saturday 5th March 2016 by The News Editor

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