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Federation Internationale de Football Association finally lifts 30-year Iraq ban, gives VAR green light

Federation Internationale de Football Association finally lifts 30-year Iraq ban, gives VAR green light”

"We are going to have our first World Cup with video assisted refereeing,"FIFA President Gianni Infantino said".

The decision came during the latest meeting for the Federation Internationale de Football Association council held in Colombia last Friday, while Federation Internationale de Football Association had agreed in principle to start using VAR in the World Cup in a meeting held in Zurich in the beginning March, according to Super Kora.

Uefa has already ruled out use of the technology in the 2018-19 Champions League, whereas the Spanish and French domestic top tiers have said they will introduce the technology from next season. "It's working and we have seen this in Serie A. Technology is better than the human eye".

"Our hotel capacity has more than doubled since 2003 - we now have 110,000 hotel rooms and we will increase our bed capacity by 70 per cent by 2026. With VAR they reach 99%".

Some games have drawn more than 60,000 fans.

"Referees have to go out and referee a football match, and players have to go out and play, let the game take care of itself and if we need intervention then we can look at it".

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However, Colombia coach Luis Fernando Suarez added in an interview with AFP: "It seems hurried to me".

Previously Morocco tried unsuccessfully to organize the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions of the tournament.

That came in the 2014 tournament when his Honduras team played France in Porto Alegre when the first goal decided through GLT (goal-line technology) was awarded to France.

"We are allowing worldwide matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala", said Infantino.

The ban, covering all but domestic matches, stayed in place after the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

Host of the recently Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Morocco have proposed using 14 stadiums and budgeting to spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2026, the country's bid committee announced at a news conference on Saturday.



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