Infantino "very impressed" with video referees as groundbreaking tehnology becomes a reality

FIFA's president was delighted with how the VAR were called upon twice to help clarify two situations

BY Robbie Dunne 17:02 Friday 2 September 2016, 17:02 2 Sep 2016

Gianni Infantino was very impressed with the first ever use of video technology in an international game on Thursday night.

In the game between France and Italy, the VAR was called upon twice, which resulted in Djibril Sidibe receiving just a yellow card for a foul on Daniele de Rossi and later on in the contest when the referee was advised not to award a penalty to Italy when it appeared the ball had struck the hand of France's Layvin Kurzawa.

"We turned a new page in football's history book. After this very pleasant experience, we will see where the VAR tests are leading us," Infantino said about what would be a groundbreaking change to the game.

"We must use it in a way that does not have a negative impact on the flow of the game and the game itself," he added.

"The assistant referees will not be substituted by VAR or any other technology. We will not cannibalise our game."

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