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Video technology set to grace English football at START of next season

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has pledged to introduce video technology at the World Cup and in the League Cup first round

Video referees will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and may even be brought forward in England too, according to FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

The system was trialled successfully for the first time in a FIFA competition at the Club World Cup in Japan back in December.

Infantino is a firm believer in the technology

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Infantino is a firm believer in the technology

It was also used to correct not one, but two decisions in Spain’s recent friendly win over France in Paris.

The VAR technology will only be able to review four types of incidents; goals, red cards, mistake identities and penalties.

Infantino, who replaced the disgraced Sepp Blatter at the helm in February 2016, said: “We will use video refereeing because we’ve had nothing but positive feedback so far.”

And it appears the technology might not be too far away from English shores either.

VAR was used during Spain’s win over France in March

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VAR was used during Spain’s win over France in March

After the FA initially pledged to trial it during the FA Cup in January 2018, they’re now considering bringing it forward for the EFL Cup first round in August.

The system has been tested and overseen in a number of leagues globally, with Australia’s A-League becoming the first top-tier competition to deploy it earlier this month.

Is this a step forward for the game? Or will the frenetic pace of the Premier League now be unsettled?