Video Assistance could feature in cup games next season

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Referees are put under pressure to get vital decisions right during intense football matches and more often than not, their final say has proven not to be the correct judgement.

This has caused games to boil over more than necessary whether that be wrongly penalising a player, off the ball incidents and more commonly, whether to give a penalty or not.

Well from next year, we could see video assistance introduced to the game to help the under-pressured officials.


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Next season’s FA Cup and Scottish Cup ties could be the first to see video assistance feature in their games following the backing of football bosses to introduce trials. It isn't carved in stone just yet however, the International Football Association Board will make their final verdict in March.

Scottish FA chief Stewart Regan said: “It's something I'd like to see.” He then added that his organisation “would certainly discuss” the trials and claimed any changes concerning the Scottish Professional Football League would have to be discussed with league organisers.

Martin Glenn, Football Association chief, said: “I'm happy to be part of that. We are supporters and control the FA Cup.”

Incorrect decisions on red cards, goals, penalties and mistaken identities could come to an end in the future with the sufficient assistance of video footage.

Additionally, it will provide non-controversial decisions - preventing conflict from supporters and players during the game, allowing the match to flow better and putting less pressure on the officials.

The video will only be used when asked for by the referees or when the video assistant is allowed to flag up errors. Similar to goal-line technology, the decisions won’t feature on big screens inside the grounds and will only be kept in the referee’s possession.

If trials are to prove a success, video assistants could feature in the 2018-19 season, however, will not be available for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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