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Federation Internationale de Football Association ends three-decade ban on Iraq, Kurdistan hosting worldwide matches

Federation Internationale de Football Association ends three-decade ban on Iraq, Kurdistan hosting worldwide matches

Federation Internationale de Football Association says it finally and fully approves video review to help referees at the World Cup.

Poland pipped India in the race to host the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup after members of the world governing body's main decision-making panel - the FIFA Council - voted in favour of the European nation in its meeting in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday.

"We wanted to give the referees tools so they can make better decisions, and in the World Cup some very important decisions are made".

The World Cup, which takes place from June 14-July 15, will see VAR used to judge whether or not a goal has been scored, analyze whether a penalty should be awarded, decide on red cards and rectify if a player has been mistakenly sanctioned.

Forward Sports, which also makes footballs for the German Bundesliga, France Ligue 1 and the Champions League, was also the official football provider of 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Infantino said VAR evidently has shown that it reduces human error in the game and it makes football a more transparent sport.




Infantino also answered with a firm and simple "No" when asked if Russia's current political tensions with Britain could affect its hosting of the World Cup.

There has been criticism of video review, however, over the amount of time taken for referrals during matches, as well as complaints over confusion caused for coaches and fans.

"If we lose a minute to correct mistakes, I think we have done something good", concluded Infantino.

On June 13, the FIFA Congress will convene to vote on the host of football's showpiece event, with Morocco and a joint North American venture between the United States, Canada and Mexico the only bids in play.

Infantino added that time-wastage had been discussed "passionately" but concluded: "It's not possible that in 2018 everyone in their living room knows a few seconds after the play whether a referee has made a mistake and the referee doesn't". The only other global match was an unofficial one between Iraq and the Palestinian team which took place in Baghdad's Shaab stadium in the summer of 2009.

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